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The Nation-State and Global Order : An Historical Introduction to Contemporary Politics - Walter C. Opello

The Nation-State and Global Order

An Historical Introduction to Contemporary Politics

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This engaging introduction to contemporary politics examines the historical construction of the modern territorial state. Opello and Rosow fuse accounts of governing practices, technological change, political economy, language, and culture into a narrative of the formation of specific state forms. This revised edition reinforces their central argument that the current neoliberal state does not represent a fandamentally new form, but is an attempt to reconstitute the managerial state in the context of globalization. Incomporating the most recent scholarship, other significant changes in the new edition include more emphasis on the interconnections of state and state-system, discussions of emerging forms of international violence and war, and attention to the increasingly multicultural character of states. Studies of state formation in Congo, England, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Nigeria, Russia, Turkey, and the U.S. enrich the discussion, which ranges from ancient Rome to the present.

List of Mapsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: A Historical Approach to the State and Global Orderp. 1
The Emergence of the Territorial State
The Ancient Roman State: Imperial Rulep. 19
The Feudal "State": Indirect Rulep. 37
The Medieval State: Territorial Sovereignty Institutedp. 55
The Modern Territorial State
The Absolute State: Sovereignty Unboundp. 77
The Liberal Constitutional State: Sovereignty Popularizedp. 99
The Antiliberal State: Sovereignty Particularizedp. 121
The Managerial State: Sovereignty Rationalizedp. 139
Globalizing the Territorial State
The Colonial State: Sovereignty Expandedp. 167
The Nation-State: Sovereignty Reimaginedp. 191
The Postcolonial State: Instituting Sovereigntyp. 217
Challenges to the State
The Present State of States: Sovereignty Challengedp. 245
Conclusion: A New Global Order?p. 267
Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 299
About the Bookp. 319
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ISBN: 9781588262899
ISBN-10: 1588262898
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 31st July 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.4  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised