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The History of Government from the Earliest TimesVolume II: The Intermediate Ages$
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S. E. Finer

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207900

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207900.001.0001

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The History of Government from the Earliest Times
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S. E. Finer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207900.003.0001

This chapter discusses the three main developments in the evolution of political forms during the Middle Ages: the emergence in all civilized areas of what Bellah calls the ‘Historic’ religions; the destruction of the old established state structures and the creation, after a time of troubles, of completely novel ones, in some areas; and the interruption of this same process of state-and-community building by wild incursions of uncivilized hordes from the Eurasian ‘heartland’. It concludes with a discussion of the state system at the close of the Middle Ages.

Keywords:   political forms, Middle Ages, historical religions, state system, invasions

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