Three tropes of empire: Necessity, spectacle affection

Robert Hariman*

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This essay identifies three recurrent appeals in the discourse of empire. These are presented through explication of Thucydides' last speech to the Athenian demos, a documentary essay by Max Boot, one of the intellectual architects of the invasion of Iraq, and Edmund Burke's speech regarding a colonial insurgency. "On Conciliation with America".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-26
Number of pages16
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2005

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