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War and state formation in Lebanon: can Tilly be applied to the developing world?

Delatolla, Andrew (2016) War and state formation in Lebanon: can Tilly be applied to the developing world? Third World Quarterly, 37 (2). pp. 281-298. ISSN 0143-6597

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01436597.2015.1098529


State formation in the developing world can be explained as growing centralisation and institutionalisation. To understand why some states struggle with state formation, or the processes of centralisation, the model provided by Charles Tilly, in his analysis of state formation in Western Europe, is applied to Lebanon, starting at the onset of the 1975 civil war and concluding with an analysis of the post-Syrian occupation environment. With the appropriate conditions it is possible to use Tilly’s model of war making and the state to measure state formation, or the lack thereof, in the developing world. Conclusively, in the case of Lebanon, it is evident that progress towards strong state formation has been made because of processes of war that are similar to those Tilly outlines in his historical analysis of Western Europe.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Southseries Inc
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 11:50
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:22

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