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The dust of empire - the race for mastery in the Asian heartland
Karl E. Meyer
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When Charles de Gaulle learned that France's former colonies in Africa had chosen independence, the great general shrugged dismissively, "They are the dust of empire." But as Americans have learned, particles of dust from remote and seemingly medieval countries can, at great human and material cost, jam the gears of a superpower.

In The Dust of Empire, Karl E. Meyer examines the present and past of the Asian heartland in a book that blends scholarship with reportage, providing fascinating detail about regions and peoples now of urgent concern to America: the five Central Asian republics, the Caspian and the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and long-dominant Russia. He provides the context for America's war on terrorism, for Washington's search for friends and allies in an Islamic world rife with extremism, and for the new politics of pipelines and human rights in an area richer in the former than the latter. He offers a rich and complicated tapestry of a region where empires have so often come to griefa cautionary tale.

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Karl E. Meyer, a Princeton PhD, served on the New York Times editorial board, and previously was a foreign correspondent and editorial writer on the Washington Post. He is author of a dozen books including Dust of Empire, and is emeritus editor of the World Policy Journal.

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Keyword Index
Imperialism.|Asia, Central - Politics and government.|Asia, Central - Foreign relations - Great Britain.|Great Britain - Foreign relations - Asia, Central.|Asia, Central - Foreign relations - United States.|United States - Foreign relations - Asia, Central.|Asia, Central - Foreign relations.
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New York (State)
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