The Modern State
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.
The Impossible State.