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The History of Government from the Earliest Times, Vol. 2: The Intermediate Ages Samuel E. Finer

The History of Government from the Earliest Times, Vol. 2: The Intermediate Ages

Samuel E. Finer

Published November 18th 1999
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464 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.MoreNo 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 Tang 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 Finers cogent descriptive analysis offers both an invaluable reference resource and an exhilirating journey across time and space.