The Making of the Modern State: A Theoretical Evolution
Nelson provides a historical overview of the theoretical and ideological evolution of the modern state, from pre-state and pre-modern state formations to the present. Major themes and key thinkers are treated in some depth and specificity. At the same time, structural changes, both socio-economic and political, underlying shifts in state consciousness are emphasized. The link between state ideologies of legitimation and forms of political consciousness is stressed, including those theoretical forms of consciousness characteristic of modern social and political science. A major theme of the book is the need to understand the modern state holistically, as a totality of social, political, and ideological factors.
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I can comment only on the fifth chapter, "The Making of the Leviathan," which offers a concise summary of the evolution of the theory of the secular, modern state--particularly in terms of the ... Read full review
Western Political Thought: From Socrates To The Age Of Ideology, 2/E
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