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The Rise and Decline of the State - Martin Van Crevald

The Rise and Decline of the State

Hardcover Published: 26th August 1999
ISBN: 9780521651905
Number Of Pages: 448

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The state, which since the middle of the seventeenth century has been the most important of all modern institutions, is in decline. From Western Europe to Africa, many existing states are either combining into larger communities or falling apart. Many of their functions are likely to be taken over by a variety of organizations that, whatever their precise nature, are not states. In this unique volume Martin van Creveld traces the story of the state from its beginnings to its end. Starting with the simplest political organizations that ever existed, he guides the reader through the origins of the state, its development, its apotheosis during the two World Wars, and its spread from its original home in Western Europe to cover the globe. In doing so, he provides a fascinating history of government from its origins to the present day. This original book will of interest to historians, political scientists and sociologists.

' ... a very readable account, [van Creveld] paints a most persuasive picture of the decline of the state and the transfer of its powers to a host of substitute guardians. It is an intellectually exciting and highly recommended book.' Law Society Journal

Before the State: Prehistory to 1300 AD
Tribes without rulers
Tribes with rulers (chiefdoms)
City states
Empires, strong and weak
Limits of stateless societies
The Rise of the State: 1300âÇô1648
The struggle against the church
The struggle against the empire
The struggle against the nobility
The struggle against the towns
The monarch's triumph
The State as an Instrument: 1648âÇô1789
Building the bureaucracy
Creating the infrastructure
Monopolizing violence
The growth of political theory
Inside the Leviathan
The State as an Ideal: 1789âÇô1945
The great transformation
Disciplining the people
Conquering the money
The road to total war
The apotheosis of war
The Spread of the State: 1696âÇô1975
Into Eastern Europe
The Anglo-Saxon Experience
The Latin American experiment
Frustration in Asia and Africa
What everybody has âÇ 
The Decline of the State: 1975âÇô
The waning of major war
The retreat of welfare
Technology goes international
The threat to international order
The withdrawal of faith
Conclusion: beyond the state
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ISBN: 9780521651905
ISBN-10: 0521651905
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 26th August 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.77