The Modern State

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Origin, history, and properties of the modern state.


As identified by Wael Hallaq, the following are the essential form-properties of the modern state.

The State as a Historical Product

The state is a product of history, and must be understood as such.


The state doesn't answer to anyone other than itself.

Monopoly On Legitimate Violence

This includes the threat of violence also.


On a scale never seen before in human history and civilization.

Production of the Citizen

Citizenship is a peculiar thing when you think about it.

Further Reading

The Impossible State.