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Author Ertman, Thomas.

Title Birth of the leviathan : building states and regimes in medieval and early modern Europe / Thomas Ertman
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997

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Description xii, 363 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: 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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-350) and index
Subject Constitutional history -- Europe.
Local government -- Europe -- History.
Comparative government.
Europe -- Politics and government.
Genre/Form History.
LC no. 96019582
ISBN 0521482224
0521484278 paperback