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Birth of the Leviathan : Building States and Regimes in Medieval and Early Modern Europe - Thomas Ertman

Birth of the Leviathan

Building States and Regimes in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

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Published: 16th June 1997
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For many years scholars have sought to explain why the European states which emerged in the period before the French Revolution developed along such different lines. Why did some 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 - the organisation of local government at the time of state formation and the timing of sustained geo-military competition - can explain most of the variation in political regimes and in state infrastructures found across the continent during the second half of the eighteenth century. Drawing on insights developed in historical sociology, comparative politics, and economic history, this book makes a compelling case for the value of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of political development.

' This is definitely a book for historians as well as for social scientists constituting in all a remarkable achievement.' The English Historical Review

Introduction
The origins of patrimonial absolutism in Latin Europe
The triumph of patrimonial absolutism and the failure of reform in Latin Europe, c. 1500-1789
Bureaucratic constitutionalism in Britain
Bureaucratic absolutism in Germany
Patrimonial constitutionalism in Hungary and Poland and its premature demise in Scandinavia
Conclusion.
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ISBN: 9780521484275
ISBN-10: 0521484278
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 16th June 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52