The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French RevolutionDe (autor) Francis Fukuyama
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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011
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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 bestselling The 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.
Dimensiuni: 139 x 210 x 40 mm
Greutate: 0.51 kg
Editura: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Elegant, honest, persuasive ... he attacks his former academic allies and friends ... with a relentless and awesome force
It should be read by every democrat - and every dictator.
Thoroughly worthwhile ... [the book] will give many thoughtful people a sensible path forward
This is that rare work of history with up-to-the-minute relevance
No longer the neocon of former days, Fukuyama seems a more flexible and discerning thinker, and as always, his mastery of the literature is daunting. This exceptional book should be in every library
Sweeping, provocative big-picture study of humankind's political impulses ... Endlessly interesting - reminiscent at turns of Oswald Spengler, Stanislaw Andreski and Samuel Huntington, though less pessimistic and much better written
Societies that learn from mistakes rather than punish them have an inherent resilience...It is confirmed by this ambitious work.