The History of Government from the Earliest Times: Volume III: Empires, Monarchies, and the Modern…

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. 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 politicalelites 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 Kingdoms of Egypt and the Empiresof Assyria, Persia, Han China, and Rome; interspersed with consideration of the exceptional Jewish Kingdoms and the Greek and Roman Republics. Volume II, The Intermediate Ages encompasses the church polities of the Byzantine Empire and the Caliphate; the evolution of the Tang and Ming Empires in China; the characteristics of feudal Europe, the republican alternatives of Florence and Venice, and finally the growth of representativeassemblies across Europe. Volume III, Empires, Monarchies, and the Modern State opens with Tokugawa Japan and thence reviews the evidence on the Ching, Ottoman, and Mughal Empires, before turning to facets of the re-creation, modernization, and transplantation of the European state model. It concludes with the synopticreview of Pathways to the Modern State. Professor Finer's cogent descriptive analysis offers both an invaluable reference resource and an exhilarating journey across time and space.

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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. Ranging over 5...

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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. IndustrializationBibliography

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`This is political science on the grandest scale: three volumes that provide a history of successive forms of government throughout the world from the earliest times to the present day ... Finer presents material on political systems that most political scientists will be completely unfamiliarwith, and gives fresh insights into systems that they might have thought they knew ... What makes it a great book, and one that deserves to be read by all students of government, is Finer's remarkable ability to classify and compare across the entire universe of known systems of government. It isnot simply the scholarship and erudition that is breathtaking, but also the confident, clear and imaginative use of comparative tools to describe the significance of the systems of government.'Edward Page, Public Policy