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State Building and State

State Building and State

(p.73) Chapter 4 State Building and State
Good Fences, Bad Neighbors
Boaz Atzili
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines case studies of weak states in a world of flexible borders—Brandenburg-Prussia, Argentina, and Poland-Lithuania, It first examines the weakness of Brandenburg-Prussia in 1640 and the territorial pressures exerted on Brandenburg-Prussia between that year and 1740. This is followed by an examination of the effects of territorial pressures on state building in Argentina in the period of 1810 to 1880. Finally, the chapter explores state building in Poland-Lithuania from 1648 to 1795.

Keywords:   weak states, flexible borders, Brandenburg-Prussia, Argentina, Poland-Lithuania, territorial pressures, state building

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