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Outsourcing Empire


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Andrew Phillips is associate professor of international relations and strategy at the University of Queensland. He is the author of War, Religion and Empire. J. C. Sharman is the Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations at the University of Cambridge, where he is a fellow of King's College. His books include Empires of the Weak (Princeton) and The Despot's Guide to Wealth Management. Phillips and Sharman are the coauthors of International Order in Diversity.


"This fascinating book presents a bold and powerful argument, sustains a clear narrative, and deftly weaves together theory and history. Its comparative element, which brings together the activities of company-states in Asia, the Americas, and Africa, is a major strength, as is its assessment of why some company-states succeeded and others failed. Outsourcing Empire is a signal contribution to debates in historical international relations." - George Lawson, London School of Economics "This accomplished and valuable book introduces the neglected subject of company-states to the literature on the formation of the global political order. With clear and engaging writing, Phillips and Sharman make an important case for the impact of company-states and advances the history of global international relations and the chartered companies." - Emily Erikson, Yale University

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