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Visiting Scholars Seminar: New Research on Europe

Federation and Empire - Competing Concepts of Large-scale Order?


November 2, 2016
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall
November 2, 2016
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall

This paper will compare different options for theorizing the relationship between concepts of empire and federation. Should federation and empire be understood as compatible, even complementary, or as competing frameworks? The paper defends an approach that embraces systematic tensions, overlaps, and grey areas between the two concepts and is therefore particularly useful in describing recent large-scale orders such as the E.U.

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