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  • v  strain abnormally

  • During the late 1980s, historian Paul Kennedy popularized the notion of "imperial overstretch.
  • At what point will this meticulous chef, who sketches diagrams of each dish so that chefs across the world can recreate his techniques and presentation, overstretch his culinary .
  • With Preparing for the Twenty-First Century, Kennedy has fallen victim to the academic version of imperial overstretch.

  • Liam Fox in UK Express
    It's clear that as overstretch hits hard, the Government is having to scratch around to find anywhere from which it can withdraw troops to then send to Afghanistan,said Dr Fox.
  • Chalmers Johnson in Mathaba.Net
    Rome's military success made made it very rich and its leaders arrogant leading to what Johnson calls "the first case of what today we call imperial overstretch."

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