War and the Rise of the State

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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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Surveying the past 500 years of Western history, Porter examines the effects that warfare has had on the growth of the centralized state in the West. Although we do not like to admit it, our ... 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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