The State
by Franz Oppenhiemer

A very important and pioneering work. I should reread this. It contains more insights into the nature of the state than any book I know of. Not only does it show the state to be the organization of the political means for acquiring wealth, it is filled with plausible explanations of the origins and development of states.

It is marred by optimism unwarranted by the evidence, too much emphasis on German history (understandable since it was originally written in German), and too much reliance on Marxist terminology.

Year Read: 1975

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