Protection and empire : a global history / edited by Lauren Benton, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, Adam Clulow, Monash University, Victoria, Bain Attwood, Monash University, Victoria.
For five centuries protection has provided a basic currency for organising relations between polities. Protection underpinned sprawling tributary systems, permeated networks of long-distance trade, reinforced claims of royal authority in distant colonies and structured treaties. Empires made routine...
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