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The Conquest of Ruins


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Julia Hell is professor of German at the University of Michigan.


"Was Rome the inescapable model of all imperial enterprises? From the fall of Carthage to the fall of the Third Reich and the end of the colonial empires, Hell develops a brilliant and innovative interrogation of the very concept of mimesis and its modern revivals. A long journey--well informed, full of insights, strongly convincing--through the imperial history of the West. The Conquest of Ruins is going to become a major landmark."--Francois Hartog, author of Regimes of Historicity
"One of the most original, learned, and thought-provoking books of the last decade. Encompassing thinkers and empire-builders from Polybios and Scipio to Heidegger and Hitler, Hell surveys the profoundly important topoi of the ruin gazer, the conqueror who recognizes that all empires must end, and the katechon, the delayer, who is able, at least for a time, to stave off the inevitable. The Conquest of Ruins is a landmark achievement, comparable in both scope and brilliance to J. G. A. Pocock's epoch-making The Machiavellian Moment."--Suzanne Marchand, author of German Orientalism in the Age of Empire
"Essential. . . A genuine intellectual tour de force. A complex and challenging read, The Conquest of Ruins will appeal to ruinologists, sociologists, and historians of both antiquity and modernity."--Choice

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