The History of Government from the Earliest Times: Volume II: The Intermediate Ages

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OUP Oxford, 1999 - History - 458 pages
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No one has hitherto had the breadth of imagination and intellectual boldness to describe and analyse government throughout recorded history and throughout the world. This unique study of government is the culmination of the work of the late S. E. Finer, one of the leading political scientists of the twentieth century. Ranging over 5,000 years, from the Sumerian city state to the modern European nation state, five themes emerge: state-building, military formats, belief systems, social stratification, and timespan. The three volumes examine both representative and exceptional polities, and focus on political elites of different types. The first volume, Ancient Monarchies and Empires opens with Finers masterly Conceptual Prologue, setting out the entire scope and structure of The History. He goes on to consider early examples of the predominantly palace type of polity, notably in respect of the the Kingdoms of Egypt and the Empires of Assyria, Persia, Han China, and Rome; in
 

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The second part of this history of government is a true work for the ages, just like the first. The author continues his broad panorama, this time from Byzantium and the islamic Caliphate, to China ... Read full review

Contents

Overview
613
EASTERN EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST
623
The Empire of the Caliphate c 900
665
Empire
725
The Tang Empire
738
Government Under the Ming i368i644
806
The Feudal Background
855
The Regna
896
Florence and Venice
950
Representative Assemblies i024
1024
The Meaning of Representation i032
1032
Three Contrasting Representative Assemblies i039
1039
The Fate of the Representative Principle i050
1050
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FBA, Fellow of All Souls and Emeritus Gladstone Professor of Government and Public Administration in the University of Oxford (d.1993)

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