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Birth of the Leviathan Building States and Regimes in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Paperback)

Author:  Thomas Ertman
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0521484278
ISBN-13: 9780521484275
Sku: 30094310
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.75T
Pages:  380
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This book presents a new theory of state building in medieval and early modern Europe. Ertman argues that two factors--the organization of local government at the time of state formation and the timing of sustained geomilitary competition--can explain most of the variation in political regimes and in state infrastructures found across the continent during the second half of the 18th century.
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For many years scholars have sought to explain why the European states that emerged in the period before the French Revolution developed along such different lines. Why did some states become absolutist and others constitutionalist? What enabled some to develop bureaucratic administrative systems, while others remained dependent upon patrimonial practices? This book presents a new theory of state-building in medieval and early modern Europe. Ertman argues that two factors--local government and sustained geo-military competition--can explain most of the variation found across the continent.This book presents a new theory of state building in medieval and early modern Europe. Ertman argues that two factors--the organization of local government at the time of state formation and the timing of sustained geomilitary competition--can explain most of the variation in political regimes and in state infrastructures found across the continent during the second half of the 18th century.For many years scholars have sought to explain why the European states that emerged in the period before the French Revolution developed along such different lines. Why did some states become absolutist and others constitutionalist? What enabled some to develop bureaucratic administrative systems, while others remained dependent upon patrimonial practices? This book presents a new theory of state-building in medieval and early modern Europe. Ertman argues that two factors--local government and sustained geo-military competition--can explain most of the variation found across the continent.

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London Review of Books
"This densely argued book is not easy going; it commands respect rather than inspires affection....Yet this is a large and important book on a large and important subject, one firmly inscribed in a tradition of broad-based, comparative inquiry into the making of the modern state that began with Weber and Hintze at the turn of the century and has been revived in the last quarter-century by Perry Anderson, Tilly, Mann, Stein Rokkan and others. With 'Birth of Leviathan', Ertman joins them." - Rogers Brubaker 10/15/1998

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0380
Product attributePublisher:   Cambridge University Press
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