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Unformatted text preview: “Community of understanding” of governance system What causal analysis can and cannot achieve in social science “Deep explanations” vs. “shallow explanations” of post-communist regime diversity Causes of the Rise of the Modern City (Berman) Main characteristics of Urban Law Constitutionalism Civilization of Communes “ princeps legibus solutus est ” vs. “ quod omnes tangit ab omnibus tractari et approbari debet ” Doge What made Venice a “Most Serene Republic” for centuries Emergence of the Sovereign State in Western Europe (a new form of stationary banditry) Machiavelli vs Thomas More Great antinomy between ideal types and real types in comparative analysis The medieval city as the first modern state...
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