chapter  3
Empire Building
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In the ages of Chinese warring states and Rome the warrior state, the will to power expressed in collective violence produced carnage unsurpassed in scale until the advent of modern Europe, which coined the word “imperialism.”1 A system of states existed at each end of Eurasia. Rome, Carthage, the Achaean and Aetolian Leagues of Greece, the Hellenistic kingdoms in Macedon, Syria, and Egypt, and myriad city-states jostled in the Mediterranean basin. Qin, Qi, Chu, Yan, Hann, Zhao, Wei, and minor states warred in China. Two centuries of fighting fused each system into a single regime, the Roman Empire and the Qin Dynasty of China.