empires

Why Empire?

“Why would a nation become imperial?,” Steven asked me. “I mean, why would you want to take that on?” The conversation had been on Japan leading up to World War II. The question was important. Why would a nation conquer dissimilar nations? Why accept that burden and risk? My answer, which I’ve grown more fond of as time’s passed, was something like this: Imperial people view everything as a fixed pie.
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