Benjamin Franklin Institute
for the
Study of World Empires

















     The Franklin Institute would like to recommend the following books relating to the role of empires throughout world history.

     The recommendation of these books does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

     They are recommended in order to stimulate discussion on the role of empires throughout world history.

Bismarck and the German Empire

Colonial Identity in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800

Colonial Spanish America

Decline and Fall of the Hapsburg Empire 1815-1918

Foundations of the Portuguese Empire, 1415-1850

Germany, 1866-1945 (Oxford History of Modern Europe)

Guns, Sails and Empires; Technological Innovation and the Early Phases of European Expansion

History of the Byzantine Empire: Vol. 1

History of the Habsburg Empire: 1526-1918

History of the Persian Empire

Imperialism (Ann Arbor Paperbacks)

Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism

Later Roman Empire, The: A.D. 354-378 (Penguin Classics)

Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848 –1918

The Age of Reconnaissance

The Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages, 950-1350

The Dawn of Empire: Rome's Rise to World Power

The Empire of the Steppes: A History of Central Asia

The Fall of the House of Habsburg

The Habsburg Monarchy, 1809-1918: A History of the Austrian Empire and Austria-Hungary

The Japanese Colonial Empire, 1895-1945

The Peculiarities of German History:

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

The Rise of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics)

The Tools of Empire: Technology and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century

Venice, a Maritime Republic

Fall of the Roman Empire

The Spanish Seaborne Empire

China: Empire of Living Symbols

The Divided Nation: A History of Germany, 1918-1990

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook, 2nd Ed

Conquest and Empire: The Reign of Alexander the Great (Canto)

German History 1770-1866 (Oxford History of Modern Europe)

The Last Empire: De Beers, Diamonds, and the World

The Portuguese Empire in Asia, 1500-1700: A Political and Economic History

The Rise of Merchant Empires: Long Distance Trade in the Early Modern World 1350-1750

The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia

Before the Industrial Revolution: European Society and Economy, 1000-1700

Spain 1516-1598: From Nation State to World Empire

Against Empire

Ceremonies of Possession in Europe's Conquest of the New World, 1492-1640

Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome

Setting the East Ablaze: Lenin's Dream of an Empire in Asia (Kodansha Globe)

Between Two Worlds: The Construction of the Ottoman State

The Russian Empire and the World, 1700-1917: The Geopolitics of Expansion and Containment

Habsburgs, The

The British Empire 1558-1995

The End of the Spanish Empire, 1898-1923

The German Empire, 1871-1918

The Long Nineteenth Century: A History of Germany, 1780-1918

The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350-1750

The Rise and Fall of British Empire

Twilight of the Habsburgs: The Life and Times of Emperor Francis Joseph

Colonial Spanish America: A Documentary History: A Documentary History

Diamonds for Profit

Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13000 Years

The Allure of Empire

The American Finances of the Spanish Empire

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order: Samuel P. Huntington

The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives

The Portuguese Empire, 1415-1808: A World on the Move  

A General History of Pyrates

Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire

Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

The Diamond Makers

The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall

Leo Strauss, the Straussians, and the American Regime

The Limits of Empire

The Rise and Decline of the Medici Bank: 1397-1494  

Sir Francis Drake: The Queen`s Pirate (Yale Nota Bene)

The Atlantic World in the Age of Empire

The Illustrated Rise & Fall of the British Empire

The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600

The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922 (New Approaches to European History)

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

Cortes and the Conquest of the Aztec Empire in World History (In World History)


Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923

Florence and the Medici

From Polis to Empire–The Ancient World, c. 800 B.C. - A.D. 500

Medieval Trade in the Mediterranean World

Pirates: Terror On The High Seas

Spanish Society, 1400 - 1600

The Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire

The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000

The Celtic Empire: The First Millennium of Celtic History, 1000 BC - AD 51

The French Overseas Empire

The Murdoch Mission: The Digital Transformation of a Media Empire

The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age 1300-1600

The World's Great Empires: A Course of Nine Lectures

American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy

A Republic, Not an Empire: Reclaiming America's Destiny

American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy

Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones

Empire, Welfare State, Europe: History of the United Kingdom 1906-2001

From Cyrus to Alexander: A History of the Persian Empire

Holy Roman Empire

House of Rothschild: The World's Banker, 1849-1998

Imperial Spain 1469-1716

Mongolia: Empire of the Steppes (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)

Negotiated Empires: Centers and Peripheries in the New World, 1500-1820

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace

The Aztecs (Peoples of America)

The British Atlantic World 1500-1800

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire (The Real Story Series)

The History of Pirates

The Incas (Peoples of America)

The Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe (New Approaches to European History)

The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond

Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky

Venice 697-1797: A City, a Republic, an Empire  

After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order (European Perspectives)

At the Edge of Empire: The Backcountry in British North America

China's New Rulers: The Secret Files

Clash of the Titans: How the Unbridled Ambition of Ted Turner

Comparing Empires: European Colonialism from Portuguese Expansion

Drake: For God, Queen, and Plunder (Brassey's Military Profiles)

Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta

Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763

Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power

Empire of the East

Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built

Glitter & Greed: The Secret World of the Diamond Cartel

Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance (The American Empire Project)

Imperialism Without Colonies

Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire

Masters of War: Militarism and Blowback in the Era

Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order

Pirate Ship 1660-1730

Secrets of Ancient Cultures: The Inca: Activities

Superpower Syndrome: America's Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World

The American Empire and the Fourth World:

The Conquest of the Incas: Books

The House of Rothschild: Money's Prophets 1798-1848

The Imperial Tense: Prospects and Problems of American Empire

The New Chinese Empire: And What It Means for the United States

The New Imperialism

The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650: The Structure of Power

The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

The Empire's New Clothes

Winning Modern Wars: Iraq, Terrorism, and the American Empire

A New Imperial History: Culture, Identity and Modernity in Britain and the Empire, 1660-1840

America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order

America As Empire: Global Leader or Rogue Power?

American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy

An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power

Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850

Colossus: The Price of America's Empire

Colossus: the Rise and Fall of the American Empire

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War (The American Empire Project)

Empire: Impressions of China (Imago Mundi series)

Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

Empire of the Islamic World (Great Empires of the Past)

Empires of Profit: Commerce, Conquest and Corporate Responsibility

Fear's Empire: War, Terrorism, and Democracy

Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire

Global Covenant: The Social Democratic Alternative to the Washington Consensus

Globalization or Empire?

Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia

Imperial Overstretch: George W. Bush and the Hubris of Empire

In Praise of Empires: Globalization and Order

In the Empire of Genghis Khan:

In the Name of Rome: The Men Who Won the Roman Empire (Phoenix Press)

Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire

Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire

Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk

Pox Americana: Exposing the American Empire: Books

Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire, from Columbus to Magellan

Spanish Galleon 1530-1690


The Aztec Empire

The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership

The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq

The Declining World Order: America's Imperial Geopolitics

The Dust of Empire: The Race for Mastery in The Asian Hearthland

The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed

The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed

The European Colonial Empires: 1815-1919

The New American Empire

The New Media Monopoly

The Romans: From Village to Empire

China: Empire And Civilization

Colossus: the Price of America's Empire

Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire

Empire of Capital

Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia

Irresistible Empire: America's Advance Through Twentieth-Century Europe

Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence (Enterprise)

Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East

The New American Empire: A 21st-Century Teach-In on U.S. Foreign Policy

The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced By War

The Politics of Empire: Globalisation in Crisis


Promoting a Greater Understanding of World History