divide and rule

To gain and maintain power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into chunks that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy.

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  • divide and rule — phrase to keep control over people who might oppose you, by encouraging disagreement or fighting among them The empire was maintained through a strategy of divide and rule. Thesaurus: to cause problems between peoplesynonym Main entry: divide * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • divide-and-rule — divide and conquer/rule divide and conquer/rule a way of keeping yourself in a position of power by making the people under you disagree with each other so that they are unable to join together and remove you from your position. They used divide… …   New idioms dictionary

  • divide and rule — ► divide and rule (or conquer) maintain control over opponents by encouraging a disunity that makes their opposition ineffective. Main Entry: ↑divide …   English terms dictionary

  • Divide and rule — For the collection of novellas by L. Sprague de Camp, see Divide and Rule (collection). In politics and sociology, divide and rule (derived from Latin: divide et impera) (also known as divide and conquer) is a combination of political, military… …   Wikipedia

  • divide and rule — Government is more easily maintained if factions are set against each other, and not allowed to unite against the ruler. A common maxim (in Latin divide et impera, in German entzwei und gebiete), it should not (pace quot. 1732) be laid at the… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • divide and rule — to keep control over people who might oppose you, by encouraging disagreement or fighting among them The empire was maintained through a strategy of divide and rule …   English dictionary

  • divide and rule — divide and conquer/rule a way of keeping yourself in a position of power by making the people under you disagree with each other so that they are unable to join together and remove you from your position. A small minority have continued to govern …   New idioms dictionary

  • divide and rule — separate in order to control, strategy of keeping a people or enemy separated into small groups in order to dominate them and prevent effective resistance …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Divide and Rule (collection) — Divide and Rule   first edition of Divide and Rule …   Wikipedia

  • Divide and Rule: The Partition of Africa, 1880-1914 — (Dutch: Verdeel en heers. De deling van Afrika, 1880 1914), is a history book by Dutch historian Henk Wesseling, published by Bert Bakker 1991. As the title suggests, the books deals with the European partition and colonisation of Africa. In the… …   Wikipedia

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