The Making of the Modern State: A Theoretical Evolution

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Palgrave Macmillan, Mar 16, 2006 - Philosophy - 181 pages
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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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Words cannot describe how preachy this author is. And how much he rambles. If you have to read this for AP classes, I have a secret for you. I used a special technique that anyone can learn in 2 weeks. It will help you improve reading comprehension and speed. I use it all the time. It is called: PROCRASTINATION. 

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Gave this book a one star because it repeated same like 10 words over and over again just to drag it out. Also this book contains a ton or worthless information nobody cares about. Definitely would not recommend this book to anyone ever.

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Brian Nelson is Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida International University.

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