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The Rise and Decline of the State - Martin van Creveld

The Rise and Decline of the State

Paperback Published: 25th October 1999
ISBN: 9780521656290
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.

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' ... 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

Prefacep. vii
Before the state: prehistory to AD 1300p. 1
Tribes without rulersp. 2
Tribes with rulers (chiefdoms)p. 10
City-statesp. 20
Empires, strong and weakp. 35
Limits of stateless societiesp. 52
The rise of the state: 1300 to 1648p. 59
The struggle against the churchp. 62
The struggle against the Empirep. 75
The struggle against the nobilityp. 87
The struggle against the townsp. 104
The monarchs' triumphp. 118
The state as an instrument: 1648 to 1789p. 126
Building the bureaucracyp. 128
Creating the infrastructurep. 143
Monopolizing violencep. 155
The growth of political theoryp. 170
Inside the Leviathanp. 184
The state as an ideal: 1789 to 1945p. 189
The Great Transformationp. 191
Disciplining the peoplep. 205
Conquering moneyp. 224
The road to total warp. 242
The apotheosis of the statep. 258
The spread of the state: 1696 to 1975p. 263
Toward Eastern Europep. 264
The Anglo-Saxon experiencep. 281
The Latin American experimentp. 298
Frustration in Asia and Africap. 315
What everybody has ...p. 332
The decline of the state: 1975-p. 336
The waning of major warp. 337
The retreat of welfarep. 354
Technology goes internationalp. 377
The threat to internal orderp. 394
The withdrawal of faithp. 408
Conclusions: beyond the statep. 415
Indexp. 422
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ISBN: 9780521656290
ISBN-10: 052165629X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 25th October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.69