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The State: Its History and Development Viewed Sociologically

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The State represents the epitome of Franz Oppenheimer's thinking. It integrates political and historical philosophy on the one hand, with economic philosophy on the other. According to Oppenheimer, competition is restrained by a powerful class monopoly, created not through economic differentiation, but through political power. This class monopoly stands between the masses ...more
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Published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company (first published 1914)
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Jun 23, 2012 Tyler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this book. There is something that is extremely irritating about it. Something that drives me nuts. However, the content that I read was extremely good and valuable. Oppenheimer argues against the social contract theory and produces a six step theory on how states arise. There is history in it but the history is not gone into in-depth, rather just used as a means to show what he is saying at the current section of the book. Overall, content is great, just a frustrating read. I ...more
Sean Rosenthal
Interesting Quotes:

"I propose in the following discussion to call one's own labor and the equivalent exchange of one's own labor for the labor of others, the 'economic means' for the satisfaction of needs, while the unrequited appropriation of the labor of others will be called the 'political means.' . . .

"All world history, from primitive times up to our own civilization, presents a single phase, a contest namely between the economic and the political means; and it can present only this phase
Cortney R
Interesting and quick theory on where government comes from.
You can't write sociology like this any more. What's the topic? The state. The state where? States all over the world. From what period? From the time of "huntsmen and grubbers" to the "modern constitutional state." This book is broad as hell and slippery as can be. There are useful insights within but they are hard to grab.

It is no wonder most people who now claim to be influenced by Franz Oppenheimer seem to have a vague idea what he actually said or what he was actually proposing. They see t
Jeffrey Howard
This was a far less pleasant read than I was expecting--Oppenheimer provides substance but makes it difficult to digest. His greatest contribution to political science and economics is the distinction between "economic means" and "political means." Still, I would like to see expansion of his theory the origins of The State begins in some form of conquest and not out of social contract.

He gives a skeleton for his theory and provides enough historical examples to give it credence, but leaves it to
May 11, 2015 Alican rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: antropology
Oppenheimer's State contains pretty unique aproach to early state theories. He is seen as a critique of marxist aproach with the 'political means' perspective of society. When in Engels' "origin of the state, family and private property" the state derives from the society itself, for oppenheimer the state concept is actually unfamiliar with both 'villager'(or settled) and 'sheppards'(nomads) which actually becomes conquered and conquerer communities after they encounter with eachother. As we can ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Ronald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in Germany in 1908, this book by Dr. Franz Oppenheimer traces the development of the State from its "socio-psychological genesis up to its modern constitutional form."
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Franz Oppenheimer (March 30, 1864 – September 30, 1943) was a German sociologist and political economist, who published also in the area of the fundamental sociology of the state.

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