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Before the state : systemic political change in the West from the Greeks to the French Revolution

Author: Andreas Osiander
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The idea that society, or civilization, is predicated on the "state" is a projection of present-day political ideology into the past. Nothing akin to what we call the "state" existed before the 19th century: it is a recent invention and the assumption that it is timeless, necessary for society, is simply part of its legitimating myth. The development, over the past three millennia, of the political structures of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Osiander, Andreas.
Before the state.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608576903
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andreas Osiander
ISBN: 9780198294511 0198294514
OCLC Number: 132293375
Description: xxi, 564 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Basics --
Greeks and Romans --
The universal community of christendom --
Pre-industrial Europe --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Systemic political change in the West from the Greeks to the French Revolution
Responsibility: Andreas Osiander.
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This book charts structural political change from the origins of western civilisation in the pre-christian Greek world to c1800. This ambitious reassesment of world political development draws on a  Read more...

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