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From the Publisher"A mini-classic, indispensible for those who are interested in thehistory and future of the nation-state and the internationalsystem. Essential."
"An excellent book ... all the more remarkable because inspite of its relative brevity it addresses its theme in a mannercharacterized among other things by its [chronological,geographical and theoretical] scope ... It is also characterized byan exacting methodological approach [and] contributes significantlyto the reader’s understanding of the matters hediscusses."
"In this highly readable and informative book, RichardLachmann provides a wide-ranging survey over 500 years of stateformation and transformation. He covers many epochs and fivecontinents, addresses many theorists and numerous forms of stateand regime, and explores multiple aspects of state capacities fromwar-making and taxation through public works and social benefits tochanging forms of political legitimacy. Beginning with the distantorigins of states, States and Power ends with informedspeculation on the likely future of states and the state system. Inshort, this is an excellent introduction to a complex topic inhistorical sociology."
Bob Jessop, Lancaster University
"This book is concise, marvelously erudite and clearly written.Lachmann succeeds in presenting both the diverse theoreticalconstructs regarding state power and the analytically organizedhistorical narratives which flesh out his own syntheticunderstanding of state power. To the best of my knowledge,Lachmann's achievement has no peer - States and Power hasall the elements of an intellectual bestseller."
Georgi Derluguian, Northwestern University