Mercenaries, Pirates, and Sovereigns: State-Building and Extraterritorial Violence in Early Modern Europe

Mercenaries, Pirates, and Sovereigns: State-Building and Extraterritorial Violence in Early Modern Europe

by Janice E. Thomson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691025711

ISBN-13: 9780691025711

Pub. Date: 07/22/1996

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The contemporary organization of global violence is neither timeless nor natural, argues Janice Thomson. It is distinctively modern. In this book she examines how the present arrangement of the world into violence-monopolizing sovereign states evolved over the six preceding centuries.

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The contemporary organization of global violence is neither timeless nor natural, argues Janice Thomson. It is distinctively modern. In this book she examines how the present arrangement of the world into violence-monopolizing sovereign states evolved over the six preceding centuries.

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ISBN-13:
9780691025711
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/22/1996
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Tables
Introduction3
Ch. 1The State, Violence, and Sovereignty7
The State and Violence in Theory7
The State and Violence in History10
Sovereignty in Theory11
The Institution of Sovereignty14
The Argument18
Ch. 2Nonstate Violence Unleashed21
Privateering22
Mercenaries26
Mercantile Companies32
Ch. 3Unintended Consequences43
The Mediterranean Corsairs44
Organized Piracy45
Problems with Mercenarism54
Problems with Mercantile Companies59
Ch. 4Delegitimating State-Authorized Nonstate Violence69
The Abolition of Privateering69
The Delegitimation of Mercenarism77
The Demise of the Mercantile Companies97
Ch. 5Suppressing Unauthorized Nonstate Violence107
Piracy107
The Rise and Decline of Filibustering118
Ch. 6Conclusion143
Explaining the Transition146
The State, Sovereignty, and World Politics149
The Future152
Notes155
Bibliography201
Index215

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