Mercenaries, Pirates, and Sovereigns: State-Building and Extraterritorial Violence in Early Modern Europe (Google eBook)
The contemporary organization of global violence is neither timeless nor natural, argues Janice Thomson. It is distinctively modern. In this book she examines how the present arrangement of the world into violence-monopolizing sovereign states evolved over the six preceding centuries.
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Review: Mercenaries, Pirates, and SovereignsUser Review - Lauren Albert - Goodreads
A surprisingly fascinating discussion of how the control of violence became "centralized, monopolized, and made hierarchical." How and why did the world generally move from an acceptance of ... Read full review
Review: Mercenaries, Pirates, and SovereignsUser Review - Goodreads
Fairly repetitive, but if anyone is really interested in reading about the history of nation-states and how it applies to mercernaries, pirates, etc., then this will give you plenty of information.