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Mercenaries, Pirates, and Sovereigns

State-Building and Extraterritorial Violence in Early Modern Europe (Princeton Studies in International History and Politics #63)

Janice E. Thomson


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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.

Princeton University Press, 9780691025711, 230pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 1996

About the Author

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