War and the Rise of the State (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 1, 2002 - History - 400 pages
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States make war, but war also makes states.

As Publishers Weekly notes, “Porter, a political scientist at Brigham Young University, demonstrates that wars have been catalysts for increasing the size and power of Western governments since the Renaissance. The state’s monopoly of effective violence has diminished not only individual rights and liberties, but also the ability of local communities and private associates to challenge the centralization of authority. Porter’s originality lies in his thesis that war, breaking down barriers of class, gender, ethnicity, and ideology, also contributes to meritocracy, mobility, and, above all, democratization. Porter also posits the emergence of the “Scientific Warfare State,” a political system in which advanced technology would render obsolete mass participation in war. This provocative study merits wide circulation and serious discussion.”

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This guy's pretty funny, and his theory is good too. There sure are a lot of theories that talk about why this state is organized this way and that state another way. These theories are misguided ... Read full review


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Porter is currently serving as a Senior Analyst with the Northrop Analysis Center in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Northrop Corporation, he served as a professional staff member of the Senate Foreign policy at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, West Germany. He received a B.A. in European History at Brigham Young and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.

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