For the first time in millennia we live in a world without formal empires. But that doesn't mean their historic presence isn’t still rumbling through contemporary global politics. In The Great Imperial Hangover, Samir Puri examines how imperial legacies still shape and define the toughest issues we face today. From Russia's incursions in the Ukraine to Brexit; from Trump's 'America-first' wall building rhetoric to China's forays into Africa; from Modi's India to the bloodshed of the Middle East. Puri’s study provides a striking new framework for understanding our world's complex rivalries and politics.

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