Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance—and Why They Fall

Day of Empire How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance and Why They Fall In a little over two centuries America has grown from a regional power to a superpower and to what is today called a hyperpower But can America retain its position as the world s dominant power or

  • Title: Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance—and Why They Fall
  • Author: Amy Chua
  • ISBN: 9780385512848
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a little over two centuries, America has grown from a regional power to a superpower, and to what is today called a hyperpower But can America retain its position as the world s dominant power, or has it already begun to decline Historians have debated the rise and fall of empires for centuries To date, however, no one has studied the far rarer phenomenon of hyperpoweIn a little over two centuries, America has grown from a regional power to a superpower, and to what is today called a hyperpower But can America retain its position as the world s dominant power, or has it already begun to decline Historians have debated the rise and fall of empires for centuries To date, however, no one has studied the far rarer phenomenon of hyperpowers those few societies that amassed such extraordinary military and economic might that they essentially dominated the world.Now, in this sweeping history of globally dominant empires, bestselling author Amy Chua explains how hyperpowers rise and why they fall In a series of brilliantly focused chapters, Chua examines history s hyperpowers Persia, Rome, Tang China, the Mongols, the Dutch, the British, and the United States and reveals the reasons behind their success, as well as the roots of their ultimate demise.Chua s unprecedented study reveals a fascinating historical pattern For all their differences, she argues, every one of these world dominant powers was, at least by the standards of its time, extraordinarily pluralistic and tolerant Each one succeeded by harnessing the skills and energies of individuals from very different backgrounds, and by attracting and exploiting highly talented groups that were excluded in other societies Thus Rome allowed Africans, Spaniards, and Gauls alike to rise to the highest echelons of power, while the barbarian Mongols conquered their vast domains only because they practiced an ethnic and religious tolerance unheard of in their time In contrast, Nazi Germany and imperial Japan, while wielding great power, failed to attain global dominance as a direct result of their racial and religious intolerance.But Chua also uncovers a great historical irony in virtually every instance, multicultural tolerance eventually sowed the seeds of decline, and diversity became a liability, triggering conflict, hatred, and violence.The United States is the quintessential example of a power that rose to global dominance through tolerance and diversity The secret to America s success has always been its unsurpassed ability to attract enterprising immigrants Today, however, concerns about outsourcing and uncontrolled illegal immigration are producing a backlash against our tradition of cultural openness Has America finally reached a tipping point Have we gone too far in the direction of diversity and tolerance to maintain cohesion and unity Will we be overtaken by rising powers like China, the EU or even India Chua shows why American power may have already exceeded its limits and why it may be in our interest to retreat from our go it alone approach and promote a new multilateralism in both domestic and foreign affairs.

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    1. (B+) 76% | GoodNotes: Not a particularly contentious thesis, but well argued. Though repetitive, it spotlights the nuances of each case study.

    2. There is lots of great information in this book, and a brilliant conclusion. I was actually considering doing ressearch about the same topic, and i saw her interview so i had to read. I have 2 quotes in my 'quotes' page here, that i found in this book. such eye opening and original material. I would like to point out though that the tone is very repetitive and this book could have probably been about 1/3 shorter. it took a sincere interest in re-learning this stuff for me to finish it. the writi [...]

    3. Chua's thesis that tolerance of minorities was a substantial factor in the endurance and success of empires is an important, and almost truly overlooked, point. She analyzes several empires to illustrate this point, including the Persian, Roman, Chinese, Mongol, Dutch, Spanish, British, American empires (and I'm probably forgetting one). She also introduces the term of hyperpower, which is sort of a nation with imperial ambitions and potential on steroids. However, there's a critical flaw in thi [...]

    4. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)Almost everyone agrees by now that the United States currently wields an enormous amount of power and influence over the rest of the world; but does that give us the right to call the US an "empire," at least as how we traditionally define the word? After all, the US isn't trying to actively annex or colo [...]

    5. Chronological study of world "hyperpowers" culminating in a discussion of the place that the United States might take in the 21st century. She uses primarily secondary sources to write the histories of the earlier hyperpowers, which makes me hesitant to give out 5 stars. I would like to see research that better supports her definition of what constitutes a hyperpower before delving into such a thorough analysis and comparison of these civilizations. Ultimately I found the last few chapters most [...]

    6. Increasingly relevant book in the time when more intolerance, xenophobia, and nationalism is on the rise. I started this book a few years ago, and back then, questioning the leading role of the American hyperpower never even crossed my mind. Now, it is more probable to consider whether America is still a world superpower and if it is, for how much longer? Is it in the best interest of the American people to be a world hyperpower? Who will replace America as the next center of influence? The book [...]

    7. If you're interested in empires and spend any time conteplating America's situation in the world today, I highly recommend this well-written book. I saw this writer on CSpan Book TV in January, and was fascinated by her ideas about empire, particularly since I had just returned from my first trip to Spain.Ms. Chua does a great job of condensing the pertinent information of historical empires into this book and then looking for the constants in every empire.Although most of the book is about empi [...]

    8. This is another well written and sharp book by Amy Chua, a contract law professor at Yale, on why empires (or "Hyperpowers") rise and fall. The punchline is generally that the reasons why they rise are also the reasons why they fall -- or you can get too much openness, expansion, diversity, entrepreneurship, etc. The story generally seems to work although I doubt it would sustain much hard scrutiny on the details. That is not the point, however. It tells a plausible and interesting story well an [...]

    9. Amy Chua is really a great story teller.The book is a wonderful page turner.Tolerance and Glue concept could be applied to universally the states, to the organizations

    10. "To achieve not regional but world dominance, a society must attract, command the loyalty of, and motivate the world's most valuable human capital."Amy Chua puts forth her conclusion for a society to achieve unparalleled hegemony, the bedrock of which according to her, istolerance . From superpowers of the past such as the Persian empire, the great Roman empire, ravaging but surprisingly tolerant Mongol empire, magnificent Islamic Caliphates to British Monarchy, she carefully analyses the rise a [...]

    11. a great read todaye second great political history book Amy has written: key to the super hyper power: tolerance to accept, welcome and fuse of the foreigners strategically into making a kingdom great: Tang Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty, British Empire, the Dutch and especially Roman and Persian Empiretely not all of Chinese except Tang Dynasty, Japanese, NADAP GermanySpartanl of these so called pure-blooded country cannot fully exploit the power of different races within a country that can turn into po [...]

    12. In short, the secret ingredient to a power turning into a great `hyperpower' is tolerance. Not that being tolerant makes a nation a great power but it was essential to these already established powers to become the predominant power of their day, or as Chua defines it a `hyperpower.' More then a superpower, hyperpowers are completely dominant in their sphere of the world with no rivals. To become a hyperpower, a nation must become tolerant as a prerequisite, and pulling away from that tolerance [...]

    13. This book was interesting and informative. Overall, it was an okay read. I thought it was very repetitive and I found myself skimming over large portions of it because I felt that I’d read the same thing before. Some of the sections were better than others and that’s only because I was only especially interested in some of the empires that were discussed. It served its purpose in educating me but that was about it.

    14. Dope. A nice comparative history of the world's greatest empires. All of the usual suspects are here. Rome, Persia, Britain, and the Mongol. Some lesser known ones are explored too. Chua builds a good case for what makes an empire truly great and what dismantles these empires. She explores our own American empire with the same logic and has an interesting take on China. A must read if you are interested in history, international relations, assimilation, and tolerance.

    15. A fascinating comparative study of "hyperpowers" from Achaemenid Persia to USA today that isolates "relative tolerance" as a necessary precursor to their rise to power, and increasing intolerance and a lack of connecting vision as instrumental in their decline/downfall. As often, I would like to see an update to this, including the rise of terrorism and Obama and Trump adminsitrations.

    16. Nice for an overview of some of the largest empires in history. But the concise information on each makes it not that informative for the average student that took A level history. As an explanation of the phenomenon of empire/hyperpower, it falls short, for its monocausal explanation that is not too strong too begin with, especially when the modern notion of tolerance gets into the mix.

    17. This is really two books. The first is a very accessible though necessarily somewhat cursory skim over three thousand years of history, looking at the fate of various world empires through the lens of their attitudes towards foreigners, outsiders in general, and overall tolerane. The author does a pretty good job and fills the narrative with enjoyable anecdotes. She also mostly avoids the pitfalls of assuming that people of earlier ages had similar thoughts, motivations, philosophies, and so for [...]

    18. 'Day of Empire' deals with hyperpowers who ruled the world at its time by exceeding culturally, militarily and technologically: starting from ancient Empires such as the Roman Empire to recent global hyperpowers such as the British Empire and the United States of America. This book analyzes history, policies, and the economy of the Empires starting from their origins to their downfall. Through analyzing, Amy Chua argues the fate of Hyperpowers depends on how successful the Hyperpowers are on ass [...]

    19. A good book with a very informative introduction to a multitude of the world's empires. However, despite claiming in her introduction that she set a very wide net in choosing the empires she would discuss to make her point, with the hope of avoiding selection bias, she failed to do so. In fact, I would argue that the book suffers greatly because of her selection bias. It is clear that she chose which empires (or specific segments of empires) to discuss, with the aim of supporting her hypothesis [...]

    20. Amy Chua manages to write a history book with sweeping historical scope and an obvious contemporary takeaway without being heavy-handed or boring. Her premise is supported so well that it is hard at times to believe that it is an original one. Particularly impressive is her grasp of civilizations so disparate that she seems to have struck upon their two sole commonalities - absolute strength (the fact of being a hyperpower) and the presence of progressively tolerant policies or attitudes at thei [...]

    21. "Day of Empire" was a thought-provoking, well researched, and reasonably well written historical analysis of why empires rise and why they fall. Chua's main thesis is that tolerance is what makes Empires so powerful (due to their being able to accept and utilize human resources from a variety of social, ethnic, and religious backgrounds). Thankfully Chua acknowledges this is not the only thing that makes an empire powerful, but she does make a strong case for why tolerance is so important to the [...]

    22. Central thesis of Chua's book is the way (strategic) tolerance has helped in building empires throughout the ages.She gives examples from the Achaemenid empire of Darius the Great, the Roman Empire through the Dutch Empire (although I have some trouble seeing this seaborne commercial empire as a true empire) and the British Empire to the US global hegemony of the 20th Century.By being tolerant and inclusive, those empires managed to attract the best and brightest and harness their powers for emp [...]

    23. Impressive - the author combines a great depth and breadth of scholarship with exceptional writing and organization of material. Her thesis, which is essentially that powers come to dominate whatever part of the world is accessible to them by being more open and tolerant than others, and therefore more likely to attract the most talent, but that the same openness is ultimately their undoing because they aren't able to muster enough cohesion to keep from coming unraveled, and that their decline i [...]

    24. A lot of feelings about this book, which I mostly enjoyed but can't 100% endorse for several reasons:(1) the thesis is a little trite and oversimplified, which makes the book feel repetitious and at times over-reaching(2) very little analysis of class; lots of feel-good ideas that don't always map on to lived reality(3) finally and most importantly, it feels so. freaking. dated. even though it was not written that long ago (2007). the "present-day" sections, looking at the U.S China, the E.U. an [...]

    25. لدى الكاتبة وجهة نظر معقولة من ناحية أن كل دولة\امبراطورية لا يمكن أن تسود العالم إن لم تستخدم التسامح ك "غراء" يجذب إليها جميع شعوب المناطق التي تسيطر عليهاو بدون هذا التسامح فإن نهاية الامبراطورية سوف تأتي قريباو في نهاية الكتاب تسقط نظريتها على الدولة العظمى الحالية "الول [...]

    26. I thoroughly enjoyed "Day of Empire". Amy Chua provides a thoughtful analysis of the social changes within "hyper powers" that contributed to their downfall. Although most of these empires were founded on military conquest, her thesis that they grew to hyper power status through their tolerant social and cultural attitudes. She further proves that these powers began their decline due to an increase in nationalism and intolerance. She relates these historic lessons to America's rise to "hyper pow [...]

    27. Amy Chua presents a compelling case in this interesting book about how the greatest empires in history rose to greatness and sustained their power. She points out that ancient Persia, Alexander's empire, Rome, the Mongols, Tang China, Britain and the U.S. did not rely solely on arms to become the hyperpowers of their eras. Tolerance aided their rise. These powers exhibited a willingness to include diverse peoples within their structures, to harness the skills and talents of many groups to feed t [...]


    29. I was fascinated by this book because it more cleary than any book I've read illustrates how nations rise when they are more inclusive and accepting of immigrants from various ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds.Mrs. Chua shows through many examples what happens to nations as they look exclude, persecute, or disenfranchise people of different backgrounds and what they can potentially contribute to that nation.The lessons illustrated are clear. Can America continue to flourish by integratin [...]

    30. Tolerance as the basis for long-term world-domination is an interesting premise. But Substantively, the book could have given so much more, instead the truth is glossed over, in favor of providing only those facts to support the premise, e.g. the Dutch East Indian Company's history of encouraging, participating in, profiting from the sale of HUMAN BEINGS. And then. There's a seeming undercurrent of US propaganda, with an attempt to counterbalance it with criticism that comes across as a confusin [...]

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