A Genealogy of the Modern State


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 162, 2008 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264584
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734069 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

A Genealogy of the Modern State

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This lecture presents the text of the speech about the genealogy of the modern state delivered by the author at the 2008 British Academy Lecture. It explains that to investigate the genealogy of the state is to discover that there has never been any agreed concept to which the word state has answered. The lecture suggests that any moral or political term that has become so deeply enmeshed in so many ideological disputes over such a long period of time is bound to resist any efforts at definition.

Keywords: modern state; genealogy; ideological disputes; lectures; British Academy

Chapter.  20036 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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