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

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Januar 2005



This book presents a new theory of statebuilding in medieval and early modern Europe. Ertman argues that two factors - the organization of local government at the time of state formation and the timing of sustained geomilitary competition - can explain most of the variation in political regimes and in state infrastructures found across the continent during the second half of the 18th century. Drawing on theoretical insights developed in the fields of historical sociology, comparative politics, and economic history, and on the most recent historical research, this book makes a compelling case for the value of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of political development.


1. Introduction; 2. The origins of patrimonial absolutism in Latin Europe; 3. The triumph of patrimonial absolutism and the failure of reform in Latin Europe, c. 1500-1789; 4. Bureaucratic constitutionalism in Britain; 5. Bureaucratic absolutism in Germany; 6. Patrimonial constitutionalism in Hungary and Poland and its premature demise in Scandinavia; 7. Conclusion.


' This is definitely a book for historians as well as for social scientists constituting in all a remarkable achievement.' The English Historical Review
EAN: 9780521482226
ISBN: 0521482224
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2005
Seitenanzahl: 380 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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