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    Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions that 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 unable to function in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

    Francis Fukuyama, author of the best-selling 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.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

    ©2011 Francis Fukuyama (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    "Fukuyama writes a crystalline prose that balances engaging erudition with incisive analysis. As germane to the turmoil in Afghanistan as it is to today's congressional battles, this is that rare work of history with up-to-the-minute relevance." ( Publishers Weekly)
    “Political theorist Francis Fukuyama’s new book is a major accomplishment, likely to find its place among the works of seminal thinkers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Locke, and modern moral philosophers and economists such as John Rawls and Amartya Sen . . .It is a perspective and a voice that can supply a thinker’s tonic for our current political maladies.” (Earl Pike, The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
    “Ambitious and highly readable.” ( The New Yorker)

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    Excellent.

    The book is excellent. I would rank it among the best books of political science and history of politics that I have ever come across. It is also one of the first books in English that I know on the subject that does not dedicate 75% of its content to an analysis of the US or the UK. The parts covering China, India, the Catholic Church and the Islamic world are excellent.

    I have no complaints about the Audiobook. The reader is good and text is pretty ok to follow, without much complicated jargons or vocabulary.

    5 Leute fanden das hilfreich

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    Impressive!

    Seems like a modern, realistic framework to think about states, democracy, law etc. I particularly like that he has taken an outset in evolutionary anthropology and is conscious of terms like kinship selection, inclusive fitness and reciprocal altruism in order to explain so many of the propensities and quirks which any society, state, law, democracy has to build upon and contend with.

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    History of State Formation

    Numerous examples drawn from different cultures, eras and system serve as ‚Anschauungsbeispiele‘ for a theory of state-building, political order and societal human interaction. 10/10

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    Part One (this one) better then Part 2

    Quite informative and less coloured by recent ideology then the "political decay" one.
    Especially the middle-east history was completely new to me.

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    bargain, enjoyable

    Excellently read! Big block of info, must have been a lot work. Glad i came across it.