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Rescaling the European StateThe Making of Territory and the Rise of the Meso$
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Michael Keating

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691562.001.0001

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(p.23) 2 History
Rescaling the European State

Michael Keating

Oxford University Press

The unified nation-state has exerted a powerful grip on the sociological imagination, with history often presented as a teleological process marked by territorial integration and functional differentiation. In practice, both function and territory have always marked political and social order. States have had different degrees of success in integrating territories within their borders. Territory is not just a feature of pre-modern societies but is reproduced in successive phases of modernization.

Keywords:   nation-state, territory, territorial management, region

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