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The introduction of the book begins by discussing how the modern state is conceptualized and deployed in existing international relations, politics, and development studies literature. In doing so, it highlights the conceptual, definitional, and practical problems that arise. The introduction discusses how the post-colonial state has been and continues to be subjected to a standard of civilization that has been upheld with imperialism, colonialism, and global governance. It then discusses the use of an international historical sociological lens to argue that the post-colonial state is a result of a standard of civilization before concluding with an outline of the subsequent chapters in the book, the introduction discusses how the following chapters are thematically divided, drawing on examples from 1800 to 1943.

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  1. 1.Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies, School of Languages, Cultures, and SocietiesUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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