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Today we are sharing with you a collection of books that have best illustrated one or two empires in our history.

An empire is a collection of states or countries that are ruled over by a single monarch. Short and to the point!

Most of you know a little, here and there about the major empires in history

but these following books provide you with extensive detail on people, places, and objects that have contributed to respective empires,

and significant events during its existence and its downfall.

We definitely dont want you to miss out on these great books that provide huge insight into some of the greatest periods and places form our history.

Starting off with a brilliant book, by Paul Kennedy,

that documents how various powers have risen to the top and fallen into obscurity over the past 5 centuries, in the Post Renaissance period.

In his book, Kennedy searches for various patterns that explainthe rise and fall of the great powers

taking into account economic and military strengths and weaknesses along with probable effects on their status as a great power.

He focuses on 5 main players that have reached the rank of great power;

the US, Europe (France, Germany, England), the Soviet Union, China and Japan.

The relevancy of the facts and figures in the book in todays geopolitical landscape are totally worth 13 dollars and 15 cents.

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This is a book that has survived the ages and is known as one of the best works on the Roman Empire to date

I, Claudius is a very insightful and informative read thats based on the autobiography that follows the life of Tiberius Claudius

who was considered an idiot because of his physical infirmities.

What makes I, Claudius so enjoyable is the depth of information involved in the book

sprinkled with some wit and entertainment detailing the web of lies, the conspiracies, the illicit affairs that the protagonist had to endure in his life.

Its also quite educational if you consider that these characters and facts were real at one point in history.

Heres a very delightful read that relays the story of humanity focusing on how civilizations came to be, along with their comparable levels of power.

Jared Diamond explains that powerful societies have been the first to master food production,

which lead them to develop powerful weapons and means of transportation.

Thus, marking the formation of the colonial and modern worlds which can be traced back to geographic factors that have influenced early human diets.

Drawing from his vast knowledge of biology, medicine, and anthropology this book reveals fascinating insights into human history,

which definitely makes it a must-read!

In his book, Roth covers 3 generations of an Austrian family,

the Trotta family, spanning from the mid 19th century until 1916, with a big emphasis on the last generation.

Its a rich and luminous novel, set during the Austro-Hungarian Empire,

that reveals a sweeping history of heroism, desire, compromise, tragedy and heartbreak told in a witty and compassionate way,

which resonates with any interested reader.

Even though its a bit of a difficult read this skillfully written volume has to be a priority on your reading list!

Its an essential read for those interested in the history of the Ottoman Empire.

Caroline covers in detail 6 centuries of history of the Ottoman Empire, from early inception during the days of glory, till its very end in world war 1.

Although the book is pretty thick, some parts of the history have been left out which might not sit well with Ottoman Empire enthusiasts,

but overall you'll love it.

Seeing as this is a brilliant video on the best books on empires we had to include this novel that revolves around a fictional empire, the Shaa Empire,

which holds the universe under a tyrannical rule.

After 10 millennia of terror, this despotic empire is rapidly fading into oblivion

and an era of terror is just beginning as there are some who feel they should rightfully inherit the empire from the Shaa.

This gripping novel will keep any sci fi nerd on its toes and have them flip page after page to find out what was happening next on this epic adventure.

This is a riveting, extensive and deep study of the history of writing

which covers the worlds most influential moments that have played a major role in shaping todays world.

From the birth of the written word in Mesopotamia to the industrial revolution,

to the role of social media in revolutions like the Arab Spring, language and media have proven to be a key part of our daily lives.

Master of the word is brimming with fascinating ideas and incredible connections that will leave you wanting for more after you finished.

Heres an author that takes you back in time and relates an extraordinary struggle for power in ancient Rome.

Imperium, the first part of a trilogy of novels, reveals the compelling life of Roman Senator Marcus Cicero,

told by his household slave and right-hand man Tiro.

We whole-heartedly recommend this amazing book as it places Cicero, one of the most fascinating figures in Roman history,

in a daunting spotlight where he has to use every tool at his disposal to prove himself worthy of absolute power.

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Heres an excellent, comprehensive book that takes a thorough look at one of the greatest Empires ever formed in history

and its rapid collapse after only one generation that left an array dependency and a contested legacy.

The Decline and Fall of the British Empire covers a large span of time which Brendon fills with bright and comedic moments that relate to a symbolic event.

Known as the thousand-year empire the Byzantine Empire has one of the most fascinating stories ever.

The book offers valuable insights about all the various territorial and structural changes,

religious controversies, along with many political, economical and military events.

The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire is a pretty essential read for postgraduates, professionals and other connoisseurs of this topic.

Also Aluxers, you might wanna check out our video 15 things you didnt know about Turkey which was a key territory of the Byzantine empire.

Moving on to something completely different from whats been mentioned so far, the ascent of money.

You dont have to be a genius or even a specialist to figure out that money has played a key role in the development of our world,

and subsequently in the formation of empires.

In his captivating book, Ferguson explains how money has helped shape history,

contributing to the birth and collapse of civilizations and world powers as much as technology, population and other essential factors have.

We strongly recommend that you do not miss this book as its vital for your understanding of the past as well as the present and future of civilization.

SPQR takes a fresh approach to describe the history of ancient Rome, in a way thats both clever and intricate, capturing your interest fully.

From its early days as an unremarkable little village to its monstrous size peak as one of historys most notorious superpower.

The book covers 1000 years of fascinating history of this civilization with its nuanced attention to class,

democratic struggles and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from many historical narratives for centuries.

Itll make a significant dent in your view of the Roman Empire that you had so far...

Weve talked about a few empires so far, but theres one specific category of empires that we havent talked about and that is a business empire.

Harnishs book talks about an underlying set of fundamental characteristics that you need to nurture

if you wish to build the foundation of a solid business empire.

There are many thousands of businesses that have followed the principles in the book and many have found massive success,

as their valuation went over 1 billion dollars.

Now, running a business is ultimately about creating value and freedom.

If you master what this book has to offer you can have the life you always fantasized about.

This list would honestly be incomplete without the mention of the largest contiguous empire in the history of humankind, the Mongol empire.

Jack Weatherford reveals how Khan brought eastern civilizations in contact with Europe and opened up trade routes that lead the way to more modern times.

This brilliant work of history is an epic story that shines a new light on the Mongol rule and its far-reaching legacy.

This is quite the thought-provoking novel that focuses mainly on the period from 1914 until 1922

when the Allies drew lines on a blank map that remade the geography and politics of the Middle East.

The book talks about major parts of the Middle East such as Egypt and Palestine

but also, of events in central Asia and Afghanistan which, more often than not, go unnoticed.

The book has a lot of details but if the topic piques your interest its well worth the read.

Also, it includes valuable, updated appraisal of this region of the world today, and what can you learn from this history.

And Aluxers that's a wrap on the best books on empires.

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Part science, part history Sapiens represents quite a comprehensive account on the empire of man and what has happened so far in history.

It also details the early human cooperation and sacrifices which have been made that formed the basis of human culture.

This is a book that has gained instant international recognition for being a maverick in its field

and has been praised by some of the greatest minds on the planet.

You really dont want to miss the value Sapiens has to offer.

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