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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

Paperback - 27 March 2012
ISBN-13 : 9780374533229
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A landmark history of the origins of modern democratic societies by one of our most important political thinkers.

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011
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Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today's developing countries--with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

Francis Fukuyama, author of the bestselling The End of History and the Last Man and one of our most important political thinkers, provides a sweeping account of how today's basic political institutions developed. The first of a major two-volume work, The Origins of Political Order begins with politics among our primate ancestors and follows the story through the emergence of tribal societies, the growth of the first modern state in China, the beginning of the rule of law in India and the Middle East, and the development of political accountability in Europe up until the eve of the French Revolution.

Drawing on a vast body of knowledge--history, evolutionary biology, archaeology, and economics--Fukuyama has produced a brilliant, provocative work that offers fresh insights on the origins of democratic societies and raises essential questions about the nature of politics and its discontents.

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1 customer reviews Between 3−4 stars rating, 29 December 2017
A must buy book for those studying political science and philosophy
By: Conrado Cornelius

Fukuyama had self-claimed that this book is meant to be a revision to his mentor's "Clash of Civilization" seminal work. And I tend to agree to his claim. In this book we can witness the ingenuity of Fukuyama, by seeing how he has successfully built his argument based on the works precedent political philosophers and historical events in the past, before concluding how they closely relate to our present political reality.

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