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The origins of political order : from prehuman times to the French Revolution, Francis Fukuyama

Label
The origins of political order : from prehuman times to the French Revolution
Title
The origins of political order
Title remainder
from prehuman times to the French Revolution
Statement of responsibility
Francis Fukuyama
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Francis Fukuyama examines the paths that different societies have taken to reach their current forms of political order
  • Nations are not trapped by their pasts, but events that happened hundreds or even thousands of years ago continue to exert huge influence on present-day politics. In this book the author examines the paths that different societies have take to reach their current form of political order. Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today's developing countries with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world. Here the author provides an account of how today's basic political institutions developed. The first of a major two-volume work, it begins with politics among our primate ancestors and follows the story through the emergence of tribal societies, the growth of the first modern state in China, the beginning of the rule of law in India and the Middle East, and the development of political accountability in Europe up until the eve of the French Revolution. Drawing on a vast body of knowledge'history, evolutionary biology, archaeology, and economics this work offers fresh insights on the origins of democratic societies and raises essential questions about the nature of politics and its discontents
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fukuyama, Francis
Dewey number
320.9
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
JC11
LC item number
.F85 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • State, The
  • Order
  • Comparative government
  • Democracy
Label
The origins of political order : from prehuman times to the French Revolution, Francis Fukuyama
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
part I: Before the state. The necessity of politics -- The state of nature -- The tyranny of cousins -- Tribal societies : property, justice, war -- The coming of the leviathan -- part II: State building. Chinese tribalism -- War and the rise of the Chinese state -- The great Han system -- Political decay and the return of patrimonial government -- The Indian detour -- Varnas and jatis -- Weaknesses of Indian polities -- Slavery and the Muslim exit from tribalism -- The Mamluks save Islam -- The functioning and decline of the Ottoman state --- Christianity undermines the family -- part III: The rule of law. The origins of the rule of law -- The church becomes a state -- The state becomes a church -- Oriental despotism -- Stationary bandits -- part IV: Accountable government. The rise of political accountability -- Rente seekers -- Patrimonialism crosses the Atlantic -- East of the Elbe -- Toward a more perfect absolutism -- Taxation and representation -- Why accountability? Why absolutism? -- part V: Toward a theory of political development. Political development and political decay -- Political development, then and now
Control code
650212556
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 585 pages
Isbn
9780374227340
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010038534
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)650212556
Label
The origins of political order : from prehuman times to the French Revolution, Francis Fukuyama
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
part I: Before the state. The necessity of politics -- The state of nature -- The tyranny of cousins -- Tribal societies : property, justice, war -- The coming of the leviathan -- part II: State building. Chinese tribalism -- War and the rise of the Chinese state -- The great Han system -- Political decay and the return of patrimonial government -- The Indian detour -- Varnas and jatis -- Weaknesses of Indian polities -- Slavery and the Muslim exit from tribalism -- The Mamluks save Islam -- The functioning and decline of the Ottoman state --- Christianity undermines the family -- part III: The rule of law. The origins of the rule of law -- The church becomes a state -- The state becomes a church -- Oriental despotism -- Stationary bandits -- part IV: Accountable government. The rise of political accountability -- Rente seekers -- Patrimonialism crosses the Atlantic -- East of the Elbe -- Toward a more perfect absolutism -- Taxation and representation -- Why accountability? Why absolutism? -- part V: Toward a theory of political development. Political development and political decay -- Political development, then and now
Control code
650212556
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 585 pages
Isbn
9780374227340
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010038534
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)650212556

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