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The History of Government from the Earliest Times : Volume III: Empires, Monarchies and the Modern State - S. E. Finer

The History of Government from the Earliest Times

Volume III: Empires, Monarchies and the Modern State

Paperback Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9780198207917
Number Of Pages: 644

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No one has hitherto had the breadth of imagination and intellectual boldness to describe and analyse government throughout recorded history and throughout the world. This unique study of government is the culmination of the work of the late S. E. Finer, one of the leading political scientists of the twentieth century. Ranging over 5,000 years, from the Sumerian city state to the modern European nation state, five themes emerge: state-building, military formats, belief systems, social stratification, and timespan. The three volumes examine both representative and exceptional polities, and focus on political elites of different types. The first volume, Ancient Monarchies and Empires opens with Finers masterly Conceptual Prologue, setting out the entire scope and structure of The History. He goes on to consider early examples of the predominantly palace type of polity, notably in respect of the Kingdoms of Egypt and the Empires of Assyria, Persia, Han China, and Rome; interspersed with consideration of the exceptional Jewish Kingdoms and the Greek and Roman Republics. Volume II, The Intermediate Ages encompasses the church polities of the Byzantine Empire and the Caliphate; the evolution of the Tang and Ming Empires in China; the characteristics of feudal Europe, the republican alternatives of Florence and Venice, and finally the growth of representative assemblies across Europe. Volume III, Empires, Monarchies, and the Modern State opens with Tokugawa Japan and thence reviews the evidence on the Ching, Ottoman, and Mughal Empires, before turning to facets of the re-creation, modernization, and transplantation of the European state model. It concludes with the synoptic review of Pathways to the Modern State. Professor Finer's cogent descriptive analysis offers both an invaluable reference resource and an exhilarating journey across time and space.

`No review can fully capture the breadth and accessibility of S. E. Finer's posthumous magnum opus ... its clarity and readability must be emphasized ... Finer constantly reminds us of exceptions that explain the richness and diversity of polities.' John R. Cramsie, History `This is political science on the grandest scale: three volumes that provide a history of successive forms of government throughout the world from the earliest times to the present day ... Finer presents material on political systems that most political scientists will be completely unfamiliar with, and gives fresh insights into systems that they might have thought they knew ... What makes it a great book, and one that deserves to be read by all students of government, is Finer's remarkable ability to classify and compare across the entire universe of known systems of government. It is not simply the scholarship and erudition that is breathtaking, but also the confident, clear and imaginative use of comparative tools to describe the significance of the systems of government.' Edward Page, Public Policy

VOLUME I Conceptual Prologue Book I Context I 1: The Sumerian City State 2: The Kingdom of Egypt to the Fall of the Middle Kingdom (1678 BC) Context II 3: The Egyptian Polity at Zenith: The New Kingdom 4: The Assyrian Empire 745-612 BC 5: The Jewish Kingdoms 1025-587 BC Book II 1: The Persian Empire 2: The First Republics: The Greeks 3: The End of the Polis 4: The Roman Republic 5: The Formation of the Chinese State 6: The Han Empire 7: The Roman Empire: The Principate 27 BC - AD 284 8: The Later Roman Empire: From Diocletian to Theodoric VOLUME II Book III Overview 1: The Byzantine Empire 2: The Empire of the Caliphate 3: The Tang Empire 4: Government under the Ming 5: The Feudal Background 6: The Regna 7: The Republican Alternative: Florence and Venice 8: Representative Assemblies VOLUME III Book IV Overview 1: Tokugawa Japan 2: China: The Golden Century of the Ching 1680-1780 3: The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age c.1566 4: The Indian Experience and the Mughal Empire 1526-1712 5: The Modern State 6: The Two Traditions: Absolute versus Parliamentary Monarchy 7: The Transplantation of the European State Models 1500-1715 8: The Apogee of Absolute Monarchy: Europe c.1770-1780 Book V 1: Overview: Pathways to the Modern State 2: The American Revolution 3: The Legacy of the French Revolution 4: The Consitutionalization of the Absolute Monarchies of Europe 1815-1871 5: Industrialization Bibliography

ISBN: 9780198207917
ISBN-10: 0198207913
Series: History of Government
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 644
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6  x 9.3
Weight (kg): 2.44