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  • July 13, 2006

    Empire as a Way of Life

    Two new histories of British imperial rule in India take the narrow view. In fact, the scandal of empire can be isolated neither to Europe nor to the past.

    Linda Colley

  • July 13, 2006

    From Imperialism to Empire

    The crises faced by Bush signal not only the errors of his Administration but the end of imperialism itself--and the emergence of new, more dangerous forces.

    Michael Hardt

  • October 20, 2005

    Gore Vidal, Octocontrarian

    Marc Cooper interviews Gore Vidal about an America that is increasingly controlled by corporations and suggests that the Gulf Coast hurricanes and the Iraq debacle signal the breakdown of an empire.

    Marc Cooper

  • February 3, 2005

    In Cold Blood

    Daphne Eviatar has written on Africa for the New York Times Magazine and the Boston Globe, among other publications. She last wrote for The Nation on Angola.

    Daphne Eviatar

  • January 20, 2005

    Harry’s Travails

    Imagine, in the same month as the death of the muse of high camp, Susan Sontag, we have England in an uproar about Prince Harry and his silly armband.

    Alexander Cockburn


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  • April 8, 2004

    L’Amérique, Mon Amour

    Along with the Bible and Moby-Dick, Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America has got to be one of the world's least-read classics.

    Daniel Lazare

  • January 17, 2002

    Divide and Misrule

    One of the old school of the British colonial service, a man with the irresistible name of Sir Penderel Moon, wrote a book about the end of empire and titled it Divide and Quit. At whose expense was this extremely dry joke? Look around the global scene today, and you will find the landscape pitted with the shards of that very policy.

    Christopher Hitchens

  • May 31, 2001

    The Battle of Algiers

    A new memoir stirs long-suppressed memories of the “war without a name.”

    Adam Shatz