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Citizenship in pre-modern Eurasia: a comparison between China, the Near East and Europe

Prak, Maarten (2011) Citizenship in pre-modern Eurasia: a comparison between China, the Near East and Europe. In: Modern and comparative economic history seminar, 24th November 2011, London School of Economics and Political Science. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

‘Good’ institutions are now often portrayed as a precondition for economic development and growth. This paper revisits an old thesis, first articulated by Max Weber, that citizenship explains why Europe managed to modernise and Asian societies did not. Like Weber, the paper focuses on urban citizenship, but uses a broader definition than he did. The paper finds that although Asian towns did not have legal citizenship, they displayed many more characteristics of citizenship-as-practice than Weber and his followers allowed for. It also finds that European towns often were less autonomous than Weber assumed. Economic development and growth in the pre-modern era were not so much determined by citizenship per se, but by the way towns and urban interests could be articulated at state level.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/economicHistory/seminars/Mod...
Additional Information: © 2011 The author
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: N - Economic History > N0 - General > N00 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O11 - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 11:33
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/39751/

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