The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

by Francis Fukuyama
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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution by Francis Fukuyama


Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their citizens. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

In The Origins of Political Order, Francis Fukuyama, author of the bestselling The End of History and the Last Man, provides a sweeping account of how today’s basic political institutions developed. The first of a major two-volume work begins with politics among our primate ancestors and follows the story through the emergence of tribal societies, the growth of the first modern state in China, the beginning of a rule of law in India and the Middle East, and the development of political accountability in Europe up until the eve of the French Revolution.

Drawing on a vast body of knowledge—history, evolutionary biology, archaeology, and economics—Fukuyama has produced a brilliant, provocative work that offers fresh insights on the origins of democratic societies and raises essential questions about the nature of politics.

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ISBN-13: 9781429958936
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 168,549
File size: 2 MB

About the Author


Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director in the State Department’s policy planning staff. He is the author of The End of History and the Last Man, Trust, and America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. He lives with his wife in California.

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Origins of Political Order 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many books inform a reader, this book educates. As and exceptional book it will leave a mark on the way you understand the world you live in. Beyond being flat out interesting, it will provide you with a clearer sense of history, current geopolitics and political development. Thought provoking and well written but there is a drawback. You'll wish you had a friend read it at the same time becasue the ideas are too good to not want to discuss.
xiu More than 1 year ago
Original and interestingly developed theories posited by Mr. Fukuyama. Any fan of politics, as well as history, would find this book a valuable addition to your catalogue of political history. Read the book and decide for yourself if you accept, reject, or agnostically take the theories developed in this book as a step toward a newly defined political jurisprudence. Highly recommend this book and am agog for the second installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fukuyama has gone to great lengths to explain under what circumstances democracy has developed and flourished. One cannot walk away from studying this book without an intimate knowledge of how the predominant present day nations came to be and why they interact the way they do. Better than any course on the subject I have ever taken.
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A once in a lifetime thoughtful reconsideration of how we got to this point
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibly well written and so fun to read. Bonus points for recentering the story on China - the first to develop sophisticated political institutions. Extra bonus points for using usufructuary and wergeld. Can't wait for the sequel.
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