John Darwin is a University Lecturer and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He is the author of Britain and Decolonization, The End of the British Empire and Britain, Egypt and the Middle East.
"Undoubtedly a great work, a book that goes truly global in chronicling the history of one of our abiding concerns: the pull and limitations of absolute power. It forces the reader to rethink commonly held assumptions about our collective past. For that alone, it should be read." --Vikram Johri, "St. Petersburg Times"
"Nicely balanced between sweeping overview and illuminating
detail, this lucid survey complicates and deepens our understanding
of modern world history." "--Publishers Weekly"'In this
marvellously illuminating book, John Darwin accepts much but not
all of the revisionist analysis. With an awesome grasp of global
history, he demonstrates that the continental peninsula of Europe
was peripheral for most of the time since the 14th-century
conquests of Tamerlane...Darwin sustains an intricate thesis with
enormous panache.' --Piers Brendon, "The Independent," 4 May
2007'An astonishingly comprehensive, arrestingly fresh and vivid
history of the forces that underlie the world we live in today,
After Tamerlane sets aside ideologies in which European power -
sometimes seen as liberating and at others as diabolically
oppressive - is the driving force of modern development...After
reading this masterpiece of historical writing, one thing is clear.
The world has not seen the last empire.' --John Gray, "Literary
Review," April 2007'A work of massive erudition, After Tamerlane
overturns smug Eurocentric teleologies to present a compelling new
perspective on international history. Though the subject of empire
stirs partisan passions these days, Darwin exudes
fairmindedness...Big topics demand big treatments, yet few are
brave or knowledgeable enough to hazard them. Darwinhas provided an
ambitious, monumental and convincing reminder that empires are the
rule, not the exception, in world history.' --Maya Jasanoff,
"Guardian," 12 May 2007
'A wonderful and imaginative addition to the select library of books on world history that one really wants to possess, and dip into, for ever...It is rather wonderful to doff one's hat to a historian who can range across time and space, giving the reader continual cause for pause, in the way that Darwin has done.' --Paul Kennedy, "Sunday Times"
Darwin gives us world history on the grand scale, equipping his readers with the knowledge and insights to make their own assessment of what is coming next. If only his book could find its way into the right hands, it might also serve to make the world a less dangerous place.' --Tim Blanning, "Sunday Telegraph"
"Elegant and brilliant....wonderful and imaginative...a deeply significant book."-"Sunday Times "(UK ) "Undoubtedly a great work, a book that goes truly global in chronicling the history of one of our abiding concerns: the pull and limitations of absolute power."-"St. Petersburg Times"
"Elegant and brilliant....wonderful and imaginative...a deeply significant book."--"Sunday Times "(UK ) "Undoubtedly a great work, a book that goes truly global in chronicling the history of one of our abiding concerns: the pull and limitations of absolute power."--"St. Petersburg Times"