The History of Government from the Earliest Times: The intermediate ages, Volume 2

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - Civilization, Ancient - 1701 pages
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No one has hitherto had the breadth of imagination and intellectual boldness to describe and analyse givernment 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 Intermediate Ages (Book Three) encompasses the church' polities of the Byzantine Empire and the Caliphate; the evolution of the T'ang and Ming Empires in China; and the characteristics of feudal Europe, the republican alternatives' of Florence and Venice, and finally the growth of representative assemblies across Europe. Professor Finer's cogent descriptive analysis offers both an invaluable reference resource and an exhilirating journey across time and space.
 

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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 90O
665
Empire
725
The Tang Empire
738
Government Under the Ming 13681644
806
The Feudal Background
855
The Regna
896
Florence and Venice
950
Representative Assemblies
1024
The Meaning of Representation
1032
Three Contrasting Representative Assemblies
1039
The Fate of the Representative Principle
1050
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The late S. E. Finer was Emeritus Professor of Government and Public Administration at University of Oxford.

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