Origins of Political Order From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

ISBN-10: 0374533229
ISBN-13: 9780374533229
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Authors: Francis Fukuyama
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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 3/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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 constituents. 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.Francis Fukuyama, author of the bestsellingThe End of History and the Last Man and one of our most important political thinkers, provides a sweeping account of how today’s basic political institutions developed. The first of a major two-volume work,The Origins of Political Order 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 the 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 and its discontents.

Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama was born October 27, 1952 in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Fukuyama received his Bachelor of Arts degree in classics from Cornell University, where he studied political philosophy under Allan Bloom. He initially pursued graduate studies in comparative literature at Yale University, going to Paris for six months to study under Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida, but became disillusioned and switched to political science at Harvard University. There, he studied with Samuel P. Huntington and Harvey Mansfield, among others. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard for his thesis on Soviet threats to intervene in the Middle East. In 1979, he joined the global policy think tank RAND Corporation. Fukuyama was the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University from 1996 to 2000. Until July 10, 2010, he was the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the International Development Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, located in Washington, D.C. He is now Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow and resident in the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Fukuyama is best known as the author of The End of History and the Last Man, in which he argued that the progression of human history as a struggle between ideologies is largely at an end, with the world settling on liberal democracy after the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Fukuyama predicted the eventual global triumph of political and economic liberalism. He has written a number of other books, among them Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity and Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution. His latest work The Origins of Political Order: From Prehistoric Times to the French Revolution made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller's List for 2011.

Preface
Before the State
The Necessity of Politics
The State of Nature
The Tyranny of Cousins
Tribal Societies: Property, Justice, War
The Coming of the Leviathan
State Building
Chinese Tribalism
War and the Rise of the Chinese State
The Great Han System
Political Decay and the Return of Patrimonial Government
The Indian Detour
Varnas and Jatis
Weaknesses of Indian Polities
Slavery and the Muslim Exit from Tribalism
The Mamluks Save Islam
The Functioning and Decline of the Ottoman State
Christianity Undermines the Family
The Rule of Law
The Origins of the Rule of Law
The Church Becomes a State
The State Becomes a Church
Oriental Despotism
Stationary Bandits
Accountable Government
The Rise of Political Accountability
Rente Seekers
Patrimonialism Crosses the Atlantic
East of the Elbe
Toward a More Perfect Absolutism
Taxation and Representation
Why Accountability? Why Absolutism?
Toward a Theory of Political Development
Political Development and Political Decay
Political Development, Then and Now
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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