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The Politics of Empire: A European Perspective PSC 4302 : Home

This Course Guide helps you identify some of the resources available at Mohammed VI Library. For more information please get in touch with Your Librarian whose contact information is listed below right.

Vocabulary list

Please use the vocabulary list below to search the library catalog, through the keyword function, to identify materials relevant to this course.

  • The Empire
  • Imperialism
  • Roman Empire
  • Byzantine Empire
  •  Soviet  Empire
  • Ottoman Empire
  • European Empire 




The course looks at the history and politics of empires and their legacy in the contemporary world. It analyses specific imperial formations, from classical Rome through to the contemporary era. It explores comparative and theoretical debates concerning the notion of imperialism and power, the ideology, design, function and administration of empires, the nature of forms of their power projection, the way they manage multiple ethnicities, minorities, identities and nationalisms within their borders, as well as the dynamics of their success and decline. Themes covered will include the emergence of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, the European Empires from the 15th to the 19th Centuries, the Soviet and American Empires of the bipolar world as well as the rise of new contemporary empires such as that of China and Russia. A special emphasis will be given to the rise of the European Union Empire, its relationship with its immediate and wider neighborhood, including the region of North Africa, and its relationship with other such imperial entities in the world within the context of modern globalization.

Library of Congress Classes and Subclasses

Please use the call number below to search the library catalog, through the Call Number function, to browse the library collection listing materials relevant to this course.

  • D1-2027 History (General) 
  • D204-475 Modern history, 1453­
  • D219-234 1453-1648
  • D242-283.5 1601-1715. 17th century
  • DF599.8-649 1057-1453
  • DF610-629 1204-1261. Latin Empire
  • DG61-69 Rome (City) to 476 
  • DG269.5-365 Empire, 27 B.C. - 476 A.D. 
  • DG506-514.7 489-774. Gothic and Lombard kingdoms Byzantine exarchate, 553-568
  • DK1-949.5 History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics 
  • JC11-605 Political theory. The state. Theories of the state 
  • JC348-497 Forms of the state
  • JN1-9689 Political institutions and public administration (Europe) 


Subject Guide