The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution
Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their citizens. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to pe...more
On a more serious note, I am very pleased with this book so far. While the general idea that the political situation of different areas is dependent on the cultural/political history of those areas seems pretty obvious, Fukuyama provides a wealth of information about different cultures that clearly illustrate his ...more
Fortunately for all, he has drifted away from that, and has now released a timely and remarkably observant book about the history and formation of states and political entities, in this particularly uncertain political climate. Political ent ...more
I do see status as a motivating factor for people with low self-esteem, along the ...more
The likely winner of the most boring book of the year. Can't believe I got myself into reading the second (and even longer) one too.
فالجهد الذي استثمره الكاتب هو أكبر من آرائنا البسيطة..
الكتاب ممتع بانتقاله من مجتمع لآخر من الصين، الهند، الشرق الأوسط، بريطانيا، هولندا، وغيرها من البلاد الأخرى..
وينتقل زمانياً أيضاً من الإنسان البدائي لعصورنا الحالية..
كل هذا محاولة منه أن يفهم أساس النظام السياسي وشكله منذ بداية الأنظمة السياسية وحتى الثورة الفرنسية..
ويطمح الكاتب ليكمل هذا الكتاب بكتاب آخر عن النظام السياسي منذ الثورة الفرنسية حتى اليوم..
حيث يعتقد أن هذا العصر يحتاج لتفكير يخت ...more
How some tribal societies managed to mushroom into successful states while others didn't?
What are the necessary ingredients takes to form a successful state?
What is the role of institutions in building a successful state?
Does religion help?
How big is a role of wars is in breaking old values?
Both volumes should make necessary reading for any political science students
Fukuyama gives historical perspective on conditions required for the state development from prehistoric periods till the French Revolution. He also provides comparative analysis of different models of state institutions.
Fukuyama is impressively multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural in his approach. He sees a more or less linear development in political organization that, ...more
Amazing read. Gives one a totally different slant on history. Fukuyama (who was a student of Samuel Huntington whom I think I dislike but haven't read so what's that worth?) looks at the entire history of the planet trying to understand the rise of the state, by which he means an impersonal government, i.e. not a g ...more
I have not read the first part but it was ok since he provided a summary of it in the first chapter.
The biggest thing about this book is the way it is written. Mr Fukuyama has a gift for writing complex ideas and processes in a simple language with a clarity that most writers lack.
I would highly recommend you to read this book for getting the idea about the latest political developments around the world. It wil ...more
Francis Fukuyama was born in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. His father, Yoshio Fukuyama, a second-generation Japanese-American, was trained as a minister in the Congregational Church and received a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago. His mother, Toshiko Kawata Fu ...more