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The Rhetorical Shape of International Conflicts, Vol. 12 - 2005, No. 4

Three Tropes of Empire: Necessity, Spectacle, Affection

, pages: 11-26

This essay identifies three recurrent appeals in the discourse of empire. These are presented through explication of Thucydides’ last speech to the Athenian demos, a documentary essay by Max Boot, one of the intellectual architects of the invasion of Iraq, and Edmund Burke’s speech regarding a colonial insurgency, “On Conciliation with America.”

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