The Origins of Political Order

The Origins of Political Order

Hardback

By (author) Francis Fukuyama

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  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 240mm x 50mm | 1,028g
  • Publication date: 5 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846682568
  • ISBN 13: 9781846682568
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 33,751

Product description

This is Francis Fukuyama's most important book since the pathbreaking "End of History". Nations are not trapped by their pasts, but events that happened hundreds or even thousands of years ago continue to exert huge influence on present-day politics. If we are to understand the politics that we now take for granted, we need to understand its origins. Francis Fukuyama examines the paths that different societies have taken to reach their current forms of political order. This book starts with the very beginning of mankind and comes right up to the eve of the French and American revolutions, spanning such diverse disciplines as economics, anthropology and geography. "The Origins of Political Order" is a magisterial study on the emergence of mankind as a political animal, by one of the most eminent political thinkers writing today.

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Francis Fukuyama is the author of The End of History, Trust, The Great Disruption, Our Posthuman Future, State Building and After the Neocons. All have been international bestsellers, translated and published in many languages. They have also been hugely influential. Fukuyama is in constant demand around the world in the media and as a speaker. He is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford.

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"'Fukuyama remains as prominent as ever' - FT 'Elegant, honest, persuasive... he attacks his former academic allies and friends [...] with a relentless and awesome force' - Glasgow Herald 'Thoroughly worthwhile... [the book] will give many thoughtful people a sensible path forward' - Spectator 'this is that rare work of history with up-to-the-minute relevance' - Publishers Weekly (starred review)"