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

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0691025711
ISBN-13:
9780691025711
Pub. Date:
07/22/1996
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
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Overview

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

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.

Product Details

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
Sales rank: 940,647
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Tables

Introduction 3

Ch. 1 The State, Violence, and Sovereignty 7

The State and Violence in Theory 7

The State and Violence in History 10

Sovereignty in Theory 11

The Institution of Sovereignty 14

The Argument 18

Ch. 2 Nonstate Violence Unleashed 21

Privateering 22

Mercenaries 26

Mercantile Companies 32

Ch. 3 Unintended Consequences 43

The Mediterranean Corsairs 44

Organized Piracy 45

Problems with Mercenarism 54

Problems with Mercantile Companies 59

Ch. 4 Delegitimating State-Authorized Nonstate Violence 69

The Abolition of Privateering 69

The Delegitimation of Mercenarism 77

The Demise of the Mercantile Companies 97

Ch. 5 Suppressing Unauthorized Nonstate Violence 107

Piracy 107

The Rise and Decline of Filibustering 118

Ch. 6 Conclusion 143

Explaining the Transition 146

The State, Sovereignty, and World Politics 149

The Future 152

Notes 155

Bibliography 201

Index 215

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