Early State and Ancient Democracy

Collection of Papers of International Academic Conference on Political Systems of Early States:138-152 (2013)
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Abstract

The present article is devoted to the problem which is debated today, namely, whether Greek poleis and the Roman Republic were early states or they represented a specific type of stateless societies. The diversity of sociopolitical evolution is expressed in a tremendous variety of the early states proper among which the bureaucratic states represent just one of many types. The democratic early states without bureaucracy were early states of another type. In this article Athens and the Roman Republic are analyzed as examples of this very type.

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Leonid Grinin
National Research University Higher School of Economics

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