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Empire Apart by Brian Landers

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Prologue: Americans, Russians and Vikings. 5

Understanding America. 5

Competing Ideologies. 9

Empires Apart. 13

The Empires Today. 18

The Vikings. 21

Chapter 1:  Rurik’s Land.. 25

The Influence of Champagne. 25

West and East Divide. 28

The Coming of Christ. 30

Russian History: True or False?. 33

Chapter 2: Amerigo’s Land.. 36

Spanish Exploration and Conquest. 36

Before Columbus. 41

The Scramble for America. 43

The English and Civilization. 47

Slavery. 52

Chapter 3: Legacy of the Mongol Terror.. 56

The Mongols. 56

From Novgorod to Kulikovo. 59

Ivan the Terrible. 63

Russia after Ivan. 66

Chapter 4:  Legacy of the Mystic Massacre.. 70

Frying Natives. 70

Thanksgiving. 74

Pilgrims and Puritans. 77

Between God and Slave. 81

Chapter 5:  Russia between West and East.. 85

Yermak Timofeyevich: King of the Wild Frontier. 85

The Eastern Frontier. 89

Life in the Wild East. 93

Empire. 96

The First Romanovs. 98

Chapter 6: America Between East and West.. 106

The Rule of Law.. 106

French America. 110

Prelude to Revolution. 114

The American Rebellion. 119

Thomas Paine and Tadeusz Kosciuszko. 122

Chapter 7: The Empires Get Going.. 127

Enlightenment: Russian and American Style. 127

Territorial Aggrandizement. 132

Tadeusz Kosciuszko and The Polish Question. 137

Napoleon and Alexander. 141

The 1812 Overtures. 148

Chapter 8: Determined Opportunism and Conquest.. 154

King Andrew.. 155

A Time for Guns. 160

Manifest Destiny: Chechnya to Cuba. 164

The Road to Civil War. 171

Chapter 9: More Conquest.. 178

The War Between The States. 178

Slaves and Serfs. 184

To The Little Bighorn and Anadyrsk.. 189

Empire Marches On. 194

Chapter 10: Soul Searching.. 202

Dissidents. 203

The Soul of Industry. 209

New Model Empires. 216

Territory Belonging to the United States. 223

Chapter 11: Communism and Corporatism... 230

Bolshevism Arrives. 230

Come the Revolution. 237

Communism Arrives. 240

Corporatism: A Digression. 244

Ideologies in Transition. 252

Chapter 12: Empires Old and New... 259

The New Tsars: Lenin and Stalin the Terrible. 259

The Bolshevik Empire. 263

The Red Menace. 267

Corporatism v Communism.. 271

The Invisibilisation of Empire. 274

Chapter 13: Hot and Cold Running War.. 282

Allies Apart. 282

Empires Re-emerge. 289

Bipolarity. 296

Regime Change. 300

Russian Regime Change – The Death of the Ultimate Tsar. 306

Chapter 14: Winning The War That Wasn’t.. 312

Hot War, Cold War, Phoney War. 312

Monroe Marches On. 316

The Use of Force. 321

More Dissidents. 327

The End of the Russian Empire?. 332

Chapter 15 Pax Americana.. 339

American Democracy. 340

American Justice. 345

American Efficiency. 351

America Delivers. 353

From Invisible Empires to the Neo-Empire. 358

The Lessons of History. 361