Coercion capital and european states ad 990 1990 is a 1990 book by the american political scientist charles tilly the central theme of the book is state formation tilly writes about the complex history of european state formation from the middle ages to the 1990s a thousand year time span. Coercion capital and european states charts a grand theory of history that attempts to explain why europe in the late 20th century looks like it does a fairly uniform sprawl of nation state social democracies as opposed to the diverse variety of political systems existent over the past 1000 years feudal baronies city states sprawling . In this pathbreaking work now available in paperback charles tilly challenges all previous formulations of state development in europe specifically tilly charges that most available explanations fail because they do not account for the great variety of kinds of states which were viable at different stages of european history and because they assume a unilinear path of state development . Coercion capital and european states ad 990 1992 charles tilly malden ma blackwell publishers 1990 271 pages in his significant statement on the origins of the modern european state charles tilly emphasizes the importance of war making in creating state structures. finished by examining contemporary state formation across the globe in the light of the european experience a grand sweeping analysis of the formation of nationalities in europe over a thousand years explained in terms of the level and concentration of capital and the use of coercion provocative controversial and very well written
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