The Economic Origins of the Territorial State ∗

  title={The Economic Origins of the Territorial State ∗},
  author={Scott F Abramson},
This paper challenges the long standing belief that changes in patterns of war and war-making caused the emergence of large territorial states. Using new data describing the universe of European states between 1100 and 1790 I find that small political units continued to thrive well into the “age of the territorial state,” an era during which some argue changes in the production of violence led to the dominance of geographically large political units. In contrast, I find evidence that variation… CONTINUE READING


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