Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism

Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism

by Daniel Ziblatt
     
 

Germany's and Italy's belated national unifications continue to loom large in contemporary debates. Often regarded as Europe's paradigmatic instances of failed modernization, the countries form the basis of many of our most prized theories of social science. Structuring the State undertakes one of the first systematic comparisons of the two cases, putting the origins… See more details below

Overview

Germany's and Italy's belated national unifications continue to loom large in contemporary debates. Often regarded as Europe's paradigmatic instances of failed modernization, the countries form the basis of many of our most prized theories of social science. Structuring the State undertakes one of the first systematic comparisons of the two cases, putting the origins of these nation-states and the nature of European political development in new light. Daniel Ziblatt offers a broader theory of federalism's origins, one that will interest scholars and students of comparative politics, state-building, international relations, and European political history.

About the Author:
Daniel Ziblatt is associate professor of government and social studies and faculty associate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691136493
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/21/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,398,826
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables     ix
Preface     xi
Introduction: How Nation-States Are Made     1
The National Critical Juncture: An Overview of the Dynamics of Regionalism and National Unification     18
The National Moment in Germany: The Dynamics of Regionalism and National Unification, 1834-1871     32
The National Moment in Italy: The Dynamics of Regionalism and National Unification, 1815-1860     57
From Strong Regional Loyalties to a Unitary System: National Unification by Conquest and the Case of Italy     79
From Strong Regional Loyalties to a Federal System: National Unification by Negotiation and the Case of Germany     109
Conclusion: The Politics of Federalism and Institution Building in the Nineteenth Century and Beyond     141
Prenational German and Italian States, 1850s-1860s     153
Origins of Federalism Data on Seventeen Largest West European Nation-States     161
Notes     167
References     201
Index     217

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