A State Society

Michael E. Meeker

in A Nation of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520225268
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929128 | DOI:
A State Society

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This chapter demonstrates how the local elites composed a tiered state society, the uppermost tier being inside the state system and the lowermost being outside the state system, and describes the structure of political authority that emerged in the old province of Trabzon during the period of decentralization. It uses the reports of British and French consular officials who first began to reside in the town of Trabzon after 1800 to analyze the structure of political authority.

Keywords: tiered state society; state system; political authority; decentralization

Chapter.  19000 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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