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Trajectories of state formation in Eurasia: a discussion

Trajektorien der Staatsbildung in Eurasia: eine Diskussion
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Paolilli, Antonio Luigi; Pollice, Fabio

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Abstract Two questions have often been posed: 1) Why did humanity not take the path of Modernity already in Ancient times? 2) Why was it Europe that undertook the development towards Modernity? In this paper we will present an overview of these issues, rying to outline an interpretative hypothesis bout the propulsive role that the presence, after the fall of the Roman Empire, of a plurality of political entities in a constant relation of competition and cooperation, had on the development of the European continent. At the same time we will analyze the evolutionary dynamics that pushed Europe, rather than China, India or the Arab world, towards Modernity.
Keywords state formation; antiquity; modernity; economic development (on national level); economic system; political system
Classification Social History, Historical Social Research
Free Keywords ancient history; Eurasia; cliometrics
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 343-371
Journal Historical Social Research, 36 (2011) 2
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works