The History of Government from the Earliest Times: Volume I: Ancient Monarchies and Empires…

Paperback | June 3, 1999

byS. E. Finer

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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 scientistsof the twentieth century.

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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 scientistsof the twentieth century.

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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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 3, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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VOLUME IConceptual PrologueBook IContext I1. The Sumerian City State2. The Kingdom of Egypt to the Fall of the Middle Kingdom (1678 BC)Context II3. The Egyptian Polity at Zenith: The New Kingdom4. The Assyrian Empire 745-612 BC5. The Jewish Kingdoms 1025-587 BCBook II1. The Persian Empire2. The First Republics: The Greeks3. The End of the Polis4. The Roman Republic5. The Formation of the Chinese State6. The Han Empire7. The Roman Empire: The Principate 27 BC - AD 2848. The Later Roman Empire: From Diocletian to TheodoricVOLUME IIBook IIIOverview1. The Byzantine Empire2. The Empire of the Caliphate3. The Tang Empire4. Government under the Ming5. The Feudal Background6. The Regna7. The Republican Alternative: Florence and Venice8. Representative AssembliesVOLUME IIIBook IVOverview1. Tokugawa Japan2. China: The Golden Century of the Ching 1680-17803. The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age c.15664. The Indian Experience and the Mughal Empire 1526-17125. The Modern State6. The Two Traditions: Absolute versus Parliamentary Monarchy7. The Transplantation of the European State Models 1500-17158. The Apogee of Absolute Monarchy: Europe c.1770-1780Book V1. Overview: Pathways to the Modern State2. The American Revolution3. The Legacy of the French Revolution4. The Consitutionalization of the Absolute Monarchies of Europe 1815-18715. IndustrializationBibliographyIndex to all three volumes

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`Finer's magisterial History of Government is, indeed, 'the mix of scholastic erudition with street-level realism' that the authors of the preface claim it is for. His three volumes engagingly and convincingly blend usually precise scholarship; imaginative flare and insight; a genius forcomparison, contrast, and analogy; great forthrightness; and essential knowledge for the formation of and commentary upon current public policy. Historians, social scientists broadly conceived, statesmen, and journalists will be indebted to him for a long time for this ambitious work. His range ofdramatic narrative, incisive analysis and interpretation, instructive comparisons, studied repetitions, and well-chosen emphases arrested at least this reader's attention and compelled his fascinated interest. Finer weaves everything together into a rich texture and overarching thesis so that...hiswork will stimulate scholars for generations to come.'Donald A. Bailey