Legacies of empire?

Miguel Angel Centeno, Elaine Enriquez

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Abstract

Using methods and themes from Charles Tilly's work, this paper presents a number of propositions related to empire-to-state transformation. We argue that variations in national state development from imperial metropole origins can be explained, at least in part, by variations in imperial administration, finance, development, identity, and inequality. Capacity is a critical determinant of the results of state transformation, while decisions about finance and investment are both economic and political. Identity and inequality are inextricably linked to empire, and our exploration of these concepts demonstrates that they are the outcomes of variable processes linked to concrete, if inadvertent, lines of imperial decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-360
Number of pages18
JournalTheory and Society
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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