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Mercenaries, Pirates, and Sovereigns By Janice E. Thomson

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Argues that the contemporary organization of global violence is neither timeless nor natural; it is distinctively modern. This book examines how the arrangement of the world into violence-monopolizing sovereign states evolved over the six preceding centuries.

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Mercenaries, Pirates, and Sovereigns: State-Building and Extraterritorial Violence in Early Modern Europe by Janice E. Thomson

The contemporary organization of global violence is neither timeless nor natural, argues Janice Thomson. It is distinctively modern. In this book she examines how the present arrangement of the world into violence-monopolizing sovereign states evolved over the six preceding centuries.

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"All may ... welcome [Thomson] as a fellow-grappler with that protean problem that confronts historians and ... social scientists alike: the shortcomings of international society [today], and the degree to which those shortcomings are attributable to the idea that 'sovereign states' have of themselves, and the self-interested ways they tend to behave within it."--Geoffrey Best, Times Literary Supplement "Thomson's book is well worth reading. It is historically rich and theoretically erudite."--Michael C. Desch, Mershon International Studies Review "Janice E. Thomson's title may mislead. She is a political scientist, [but] ... there is much in Mercenaries, Pirates, and Sovereigns for historians too; for the many with an interest in state-formation and the not-so-many interested in the development of the interstate-system or, as some of us prefer to call it, international society. The common factor in the discussion of the two processes is the question of the legitimate uses of armed force."--Times Literary Supplement

About Janice E. Thomson


Janice E. Thomson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington.

Table of Contents


AcknowledgmentsList of TablesIntroduction3Ch. 1The State, Violence, and Sovereignty7The State and Violence in Theory7The State and Violence in History10Sovereignty in Theory11The Institution of Sovereignty14The Argument18Ch. 2Nonstate Violence Unleashed21Privateering22Mercenaries26Mercantile Companies32Ch. 3Unintended Consequences43The Mediterranean Corsairs44Organized Piracy45Problems with Mercenarism54Problems with Mercantile Companies59Ch. 4Delegitimating State-Authorized Nonstate Violence69The Abolition of Privateering69The Delegitimation of Mercenarism77The Demise of the Mercantile Companies97Ch. 5Suppressing Unauthorized Nonstate Violence107Piracy107The Rise and Decline of Filibustering118Ch. 6Conclusion143Explaining the Transition146The State, Sovereignty, and World Politics149The Future152Notes155Bibliography201Index215

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Mercenaries, Pirates, and Sovereigns: State-Building and Extraterritorial Violence in Early Modern Europe by Janice E. Thomson
Janice E. Thomson
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics
Used - Very Good
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Princeton University Press
1996-07-22
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0691025711
9780691025711
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