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"Tilly's thesis is presented with great lucidity... contributed to perform a service not merely for historians, but for mankind." French History
"An important, provocative theory, with much originality and richly documented .... extremely well written." American Journal of Sociology
"This is a good and important book. It is well written, and it presents the complex history of European state formation over a time span of one thousand years in a most understandable way. With a profound knowledge of history and an amazing compository skill, Tilly takes his readers by the hand and leads them." International Review of Social History
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. he argues that to conceive European state development as a simple, unilinear process is untenable, and further that relations between the states themselves are a big factor in their formation and evolution. The final part of the book then applies these insights to the history of Third World states since 1945.
For the paperback edition the author has made minor revisions throughout and provided an additional section on the rapid changes that have recently taken place in Central and Eastern Europe.
"An Important, provocative theory, with much originality and richly documented...it is extremely well written, despite containing both theory and a wealth of empirical information. It caries substantial learning lightly."
--Michael Mann, American Journal of Sociology
"Admirable...Thoughtful and scrupulous."
--Basil Davidson, Journal of International Affairs
"Admirers of Charles Tilly's work on European history will now have even more to admire - another genuine breakthrough. ... Straightforward, enlightened, and powerful."
--Jack A. Goldstone, Contemporary Sociology
I am not going to review this title here as it looks like there have been many competent reviews before. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Henry
In this book Tilly examines a thousand years of European history to answer the questions `what accounts for the great variation over time and space in the kinds of states that have... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Aaron P. Jackson
good book teaches you everything economically in value you need to know about these country's history. I might even buy another copy for a friend.Published on March 10, 2013 by jordan
An excellent overview of how violent coercion has been part of our DNA since city and federalized states arose, and how it became infused with capitalism. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by P. van Winkle
I'm generally not a fan of qualitative political science that seeks to answer large questions, but Tilly does it well and produces provocative theories. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by Enjolras
This is a very broad overview of state formation across a very broad stretch of European history. The term schematic literally characterizes this book as Tilly presents a good... Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by R. Albin