According to Michael Mann, “the political
radius of practical rule by a state is smaller than the radius of
military conquest.” Does this statement throw any light on the
character of the “empires of domination” in ancient Middle East? Can
Mann’s notion of dissipation of power into society account for the
cycles of rise and fall of ancient Middle Eastern Empires? Does the
concept of empires of domination neglect any normative dimension
highlighted by the ancient idea of the “Circle of Justice?” How would
you relate the idea of idea of the Circle of Justice to the process of
decline and fragmentation in these empires?
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