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Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism establishes a new basis for understanding the changing nature of polity and community and offers unprecedented attention to these dominant trends. Paul James charts the contradictions and tensions we all encounter in an era of increasing globalization, from genocide and terrorism to television and finance capital.

State Formation: From Kingdoms and Empires to Nation-States
State formation: From kingdoms and empires to nation-states

The structures and subjectivities of polities changed dramatically from tribal-traditional kingdoms to traditional empires and traditional-modern monarchical states. Just as incredible was the transition to the dominance of the modern empire and the modern nation-state.1 Given that states have dominated post-traditional world history, this chapter is about the changing form of the state. It sets up some of the historical background to understanding the formation of nation-states and the processes of globalization discussed in the next two chapters. We are now entering the conventional terrain of political theory but with a more explicit emphasis on the ontological issues that underlay questions about the formation of political institutions, including the constitution ...

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