The Conflict And Contingency Of State Formation Essay

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● Similar to Weber, Tilly agrees that the state is defined by their advantage to uphold a monopoly of the legitimate use of violence. Tilly also offers a quite Marxist perspective in that, the state is a compulsory political organisation, and emphasises on the struggle and contingency of state formation.
● There is a constant process of states re-establishing themselves and this process involves violence and war making. Tilly argues that states are like protection rackets, in terms of its process of forming and establishing a monopoly over violence within particular territories, and they do so by subduing that internal population. State making, in its process of gaining monopoly of violence is something historical that can be observed. Hence, Tilly offers an angle in which states and social movements are connected.

● The evidence that Tilly provides to his argument here that war making, extraction, and capital accumulation are all interconnected, is the case of European state making. State making in Europe was due to great lords in castles who fought against other lords, eliminating competition until states were accidentally formed in this process of conflict between war making lords.
● Tilly draws on the ideas of economic historian Frederic Lane, in terms of capital accumulation. As wars costs money, the war-makers align with the emerging capitalist class in order to fund their wars and in return, the state would offer some protection and defence of the interest…

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