The Evolution of Statehood. From Early State to Global Society
The present book is entitled ‘The Evolution of Statehood. From Early States to Global Society’. Such a combination is not accidental. Without analysis of the statehood development, it is almost impossible to understand the course of human history. That is why it is so important to deduce the correlation of the state development and social evolution (historical process).
The transition to statehood appears to be one of the most crucial changes in the mankind historical development. The state has been the core of the society’s life and, no matter to what extent we amplify our knowledge of the past, history is first of all the history of states and rulers, wars and politics. Most of historians and social scientists deal with state in this or that aspect. It seems that with such an approach everything should be paradigmatically clear. But unfortunately it is just the other way round. Numerous and most serious problems, including the following: How did the state appear and what alternatives did it have? What is the state proper? Which necessary features and attributes it has? Which main evolutionary stages has it passed as a structure? Were Athens and Rome states? What is the direction of the modern state development? – not only remain open to question but in many senses are unsolved. So it is always interesting and useful to consider these subjects.