POL1101B-War and Organizing the State (4).docx

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Tilly’s definition of modern States Relatively centralized, differentiated organizations the officials of which more or less successfully claim control over the chief concentrated means of violence within a population inhabiting a large contiguous territory Tilly’s question and arguments Research question: How did the modern state emerge and why Answers? Through war o War making is a productive manner, Needed cash As a protection racket By accident o All re-enforce each other o Institutionalist view still accounting for individuals and groups Sees it as rational, but it is also more complicated War Rulers sought to expand and stabilize their power through war Legitimacy (and exclusivity) of violence not particularly clear yet States relied on privateers and pirates o Line of legitimacy and illegitimacy was less distinct, couldn’t pay soldiers enough had the right to loot-line is much blurrier It meant centralizing power o
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