The Dust of Empire : The race for supremacy in the Asian heartland

Author(s): Karl Meyer

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When Charles de Gaulle was told that France's former colonies in Africa had chosen independence, the general shrugged dismissively: 'They are the dust of empire.' But, as the world has learnt, seemingly powerless countries can have a profound impact on international affairs.

In The Dust of Empire, Karl Meyer examines the region and peoples of Central Asia, whose volatility is likely to continue to cause concern to the West in the twenty-first century, as it has done in the past. Valued for their oil, yet feared for the pockets of extremism they harbour, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Caucasus and the five Central Asian republics have been blighted by Western intervention for hundreds of years.

Opening with a brilliant assessment of the political climate and historical setting in the UK and the US that enabled the 2003 war in Iraq, this is a timely assessment of a fascinating and troubled area.


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* Review and feature coverage in the national press and New Statesman * Serialisation

'Not only readable and well informed but timely to an almost painful degree ... This book is a rattling good yarn' Geoffrey Wheatcroft, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW; 'Deserves to be read in the White House ... Scholarly and eloquently told, the stories of empire in the Asian heartland have an edge of urgency ... With a sense of easy mastery, [Meyer] gazes broadly at the longest view' LOS ANGELES BOOK REVIEW

A former New York Times editor, Karl Meyer is now editor at World Policy Journal and the co-author of the acclaimed TOURNAMENT OF SHADOWS.

General Fields

  • : 9780349117430
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Abacus
  • : 0.318
  • : May 2004
  • : 216mm X 135mm X 21mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Karl Meyer
  • : Paperback
  • : 958
  • : 288