A pioneering historical analysis of the state from a sociological perspective which focuses on the changing nature of political power and the groups who wielded this power. One of his key insights is the distinction between the economic and the political means of acquiring wealth.
The State: Its History and Development viewed Sociologically, authorized translation by John M. Gitterman (New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1922).
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Table of Contents
- AUTHOR’S PREFACE TO THE SECOND AMERICAN EDITION
- THE STATE
- CHAPTER I
- theories of the state
- the sociological idea of the state
- CHAPTER II
- the genesis of the state
- (a) political and economic means
- (b) peoples without a state: huntsmen and grubbers
- (c) peoples preceding the state: herdsmen and vikings
- (d) the genesis of the state
- CHAPTER III.
- the primitive feudal state
- (a) the form of dominion
- (b) the integration
- (c) the differentiation: group theories and group psychology
- (d) the primitive feudal state of higher grade
- CHAPTER IV
- the maritime state
- (a) traffic in prehistoric times
- (b) trade and the primitive state
- (c) the genesis of the maritime state
- (d) essence and issue of the maritime states
- CHAPTER V
- the development of the feudal state
- (a) the genesis of landed property
- (b) the central power in the primitive feudal state
- (c) the political and social disintegration of the primitive feudal state
- (d) the ethnic amalgamation
- (e) the developed feudal state
- CHAPTER VI.
- concerning some old foes under new faces.
- (a) the emancipation of the peasantry
- (b) the genesis of the industrial state
- (c) the influences of money economy
- (d) the modern constitutional state
- CHAPTER VII
- the tendency of the development of the state