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Coercion, Capital, and European States, A.D. 990-1992

Coercion Capital and European States A D This is at once an account and an explanation of the evolution of European states during the present millennium The central problem addressed by the author concerns the great variety in the kinds of s

  • Title: Coercion, Capital, and European States, A.D. 990-1992
  • Author: Charles Tilly
  • ISBN: 9781557863683
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is at once an account and an explanation of the evolution of European states during the present millennium The central problem addressed by the author concerns the great variety in the kinds of state that have prevailed in Europe since AD 990.Professor Tilly shows how interactions between the wielders of power on the one hand and the manipulators of capital on theThis is at once an account and an explanation of the evolution of European states during the present millennium The central problem addressed by the author concerns the great variety in the kinds of state that have prevailed in Europe since AD 990.Professor Tilly shows how interactions between the wielders of power on the one hand and the manipulators of capital on the other resulted in three state formations each of which prevailed over long periods tribute taking empires, systems of fragmented sovereignty, and national states.

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    1. Charles Tilly

      Charles Tilly was born on May 27, 1929 in Lombard, Illinois a Chicago suburb , to an immigrant mother from Wales and into a working class family.Charles Tilly was one of the key figures in the establishment and institutionalization of the subfields of historical sociology, social science history, social movements, and contentious politics within contemporary social science After a long and prolific career marked by the writing of than fifty books and around seven hundred academic articles, Charles Tilly died from lymphoma on April 29, 2008 in a hospice in the Bronx.

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    1. This is another one of those very small books which hopes to take on very big questions. One: How did Europe give rise to so many different types of polities in its earlier history, such as federations, religious states, kingdoms and knightly orders? Two: How did all of these different forms converge on the 'national state', or a government as we know it today?War is thus the fundamental activity which shaped nation-states over the past thousand years in Europe. Those states which had survived w [...]


    2. The book-length exposition of Charles Tilly's classic line about European state formation: "War made the state and the state made war." In a nutshell, his argument is: 1. certain rulers used guns and men (the means of "coercion") to conquer rivals. 2. Warfare forced these rulers to develop extractive apparatuses -- institutions for taxation, conscription, etc, in order to fund and man their conquests. 3. This led to the rise of state bureaucracies and, more generally, a centralized and different [...]


    3. Framing question: "What accounts for the great variation over time and space in the kinds of states that have prevailed in Europe since AD 990, and why did European states eventually converge on different variants of the national state?"three takeaways:1 - Extraction and struggle over the means of war propagated state formation in Europe2 - Variation in types of state formation can be traced to different levels of coercion and capital required for economic production (and therefore the means for [...]


    4. Karşılaştırmalı bir tarih-siyaset-sosyoloji çalışması. Bin yıllık Avrupa tarihine bakıyor ve kıtadaki devletlerin nasıl olup da bu biçimi aldığına yanıt bulmaya çalışıyor. Tilly Avrupa'daki devlet oluşumunda gözlemlenen farklılıkları, "zor" ve "sermaye" kavramlarıyla açıklıyor. Her coğrafyada, zor ve sermaye kendine özgü bir karışım gösteriyor. Tilly bunları üçe ayırmış: 16. yüzyıla kadar Venedik'te bol sermaye ve onun hizmetine koşulmuş bir zor v [...]


    5. I really enjoyed this title.Tilly starts off by stating that his goal is to understand the origins of the national state in Europe. Now, first off, when I initially read that I thought that national state was a typo for nation-state (no al suffix), but he clearly delineates between the two (as does Anderson):- National State: governs multiple regions/cities via “centralized, differentiated, and autonomous structures.”- Nation-State: people within share “strong linguistic, religious, and sy [...]


    6. In these days of historical specialization, a comprehensive treatment of any subject is most welcome, whatever its faults. Tilly has indeed set himself a daunting task, namely to explain the development of state formation in Europe over the last millennium; specifically, he seeks to explain why a pattern of divergent state formations ultimately converged in the form of the modern nation-state. To the chagrin of social scientists, he assumes that war has always been the central object of the stat [...]


    7. Review: Coercion, Capital, and European States, AD 990-1992 by Charles Tilly For some time I have wanted to understand the evolution of kingdoms into modern states. This book seemed to offer answers. There is a sense in which Tilly’s answer is contained in the title: coercion, meaning war, and later, police power, and capital, meaning mercantilism (as opposed to a society of great landlords). Tilly constructs a series of combinations of the two forces which, he suggests, explains the developme [...]


    8. This is a partial re-read — I read portions of this around five years ago, and just re-visited it. In brief, the theory argues that European states started with varying endowments of capital and coercive resources and political actors who controlled them; the leaders of the proto-states drew upon these resources to consolidate their control over internal and external rivals; in doing so the most successful formed professional bureaucracies (usually formed in war, with a ratchet effect that led [...]


    9. Really good examination of the formation of the modern state, specifically the modern European national state. The author takes 1000 years of European history and compacts it into 227 pages using only what he needs to show the three paths taken. He openly admits the problems of doing this, such as skimming over important events, but does not contort history to make his argument. Parts of it could be further developed, and the sections of his last chapter on the forming of states in the modern wo [...]


    10. War made state, and the state made war. Tilly's thesis in this book is that the modern state rose as a function of the need to make war, and to extract funding for those wars from the populations within the territorial controlled by the national state. Overtime, this necessitate all polities to adopt the same model.


    11. Tilly at his best!!! Excellent discussion of state development in Europe in the early modern period. Tilly is a master historian. He might not be right about everything, but there's alot of really important stuff here.


    12. An ambitious empirical study tracing the role of warfare in the creation of the modern European state. It is a little tedious but comes to profound, hard-won conclusions.


    13. Read this if you are at all into politcal science. Charles Tilly proves that he was the master of academias "big-wave " surfing.


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