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States and Citizens

States and Citizens
History, Theory, Prospects


Quentin Skinner, David Runciman, Gianfranco Poggi, Magnus Ryan, Almut Høfert, Martin van Gelderen, Annabel Brett, Judith Vega, Lucian Jaume, Sudipta Kaviraj, Bo Stråth, Michele Riot Sarcey, Andy Dobson
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  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521539265

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  • The imminent demise of the nation-state in the face of global capitalism and supra-national agencies like the United Nations has often been predicted, yet in practice the death of the state seems unimaginable: indeed terrorist activity and corporate collapse have made states, if anything, more assertive in recent years, and the condition of 'statelessness' is regarded as pitiable and grave in the extreme. This volume, first published in 2003, offers a coherent survey of perceptions of the state, its history, its theoretical underpinnings, and its prospects in the contemporary world. The coverage of the Western European experience is thorough and wide-ranging, with the greatest post-colonial democratic state, India, as a comparative example. The provocative and accessible contributions of a very distinguished and genuinely pan-European team of contributors ensure that States and Citizens provides a unique and valuable resource, of interest to students and teachers of the history of ideas, political theory and European studies.

    • Renowned editorial and contributor team on a subject of massive current interest
    • Genuinely international, with contributions by senior scholars from across Europe
    • Coherent, integrated, and very accessible - Skinner's introductory chapter will be much read, cited and discussed by students from upper-undergraduate level upwards
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521539265
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. States and Citizens: Setting the Scene:
    1. States and the freedom of citizens Quentin Skinner
    2. The concept of the state: the sovereignty of a fiction David Runciman
    3. Citizens and the state: retrospect and prospect Gianfranco Poggi
    Part II. The Medieval Background:
    4. Freedom, law and the Medieval state Magnus Ryan
    5. States, cities and citizens in the later Middle Ages Almut Høfert
    Part III. Early-modern Developments:
    6. The state and its rivals in early-modern Europe Martin van Gelderen
    7. The development of the idea of citizens' rights Annabel Brett
    Part IV. Citizens, States and Modernity:
    8. Enlightenment's differences, today's identities Judith Vega
    9. Citizen and state under the French Revolution Lucian Jaume
    10. A state of contradictions: political power in modern India Sudipta Kaviraj
    Part V. After the Modern State:
    11. The state and its critics: is there a post-modern challenge? Bo Stråth
    12. Citizenship and equality of the sexes: the French model in question Michele Riot Sarcey
    13. States, citizens and the environment Andy Dobson.

  • Editors

    Quentin Skinner, University of Cambridge
    Quentin Skinner is Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge, and one of the leading historians in the world today.

    Bo Stråth, European University Institute, Florence
    Bo Stråth is Professor of Contemporary History at the European University Institute, Florence.


    Quentin Skinner, David Runciman, Gianfranco Poggi, Magnus Ryan, Almut Høfert, Martin van Gelderen, Annabel Brett, Judith Vega, Lucian Jaume, Sudipta Kaviraj, Bo Stråth, Michele Riot Sarcey, Andy Dobson

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