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State Formation, State Development, State Collapse

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S. Aslan

Course Long Title

State Formation, State Development, State Collapse


This course offers an in-depth analysis of the modern state. It begins with the definitional question and explores different approaches to the state. It then proceeds to historical analysis of the rise of modern states in Europe and other world regions. The third component of the course explores the relationship between states and societies, focusing on European and other cases. Finally, the course explores the extent of state weakness across the world, and explanations for variation in the strength and stability of states. Prerequisite(s): any 100- or 200-level course in politics.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit


Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(PLTC: Institutional Politics), (PLTC: Security,Conflict,Coop)

INDS Program Relationship

IDEU - EUS Program

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years