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Miguel Centeno
2016
War is a paradox. On the one hand, it destroys bodies and destroys communities. On the other hand, it is responsible for some of the strongest human bonds and has been the genesis of many of our most fundamental institutions.   War and Society addresses ...
Stanley Katz
2015
I want to make two points about the legal definition of charity from the perspective of a historian of philanthropy: the first is that in this country the institution of the philanthropic foundation came into existence without any explicit public policy ...
2015
July, 2015 Culture History Psychology Social and Behavioral Psychology Download File ...
David Dobkin
2015
Ageing of materials and extreme events tend to damage structures, and ancient historical monuments are particularly vulnerable due to their age and long-term exposure to adverse events and influences. As an example, the wall paintings (frescoes) from the ...
2015
This paper reviews some of the most prominent asset price bubbles from the past 400 years and documents how central banks (or other institutions) reacted to those bubbles. The historical evidence suggests that the emergence of bubbles is often preceded or ...
Carles Boix
2015
The fundamental question of political theory, one that precedes all other questions about the nature of political life, is why there is a state at all. Is human cooperation feasible without a political authority enforcing it? Or do we need a state to live ...
Miguel Centeno
2014
This essay attempts a succinct analysis of Weber’s views on the state as a form of domination as well as the institution’s relationship to the broader society. The central Weberian insight is the relationship of domination (pervasive through history ...
Carles Boix
2014
We reassess the literature of growth by looking at the evolution of the European economy from around 1200 to 1900. Employing a comprehensive dataset for the European continent that includes geographic and climate features (1200-1800), urbanization data ...
Stephen Kotkin
2014
Part I of a 3-volume work on the life of Josef Stalin Stephen Kotkin October, 2014 (New York: Penguin, 2014) History Politics National Security, Intelligence and Defense Soviet Union External Link ...
Miguel Centeno
2014
The growth of institutional capacity in the developing world has become a central theme in twenty-first-century social science. Many studies have shown that public institutions are an important (some would argue the most important) determinant of long-run ...
Stephen Kotkin
2014
This book takes stock of arguments about the historical  legacies  of communism  that have become common within the study of Russia  and East Europe  more than two decades after communism 's demise and elaborates an empirical approach to the study of ...
Carles Boix
2014
Human osteological data provide a rich, still-to-be-mined source of information about the distribution of nutrition and, by extension, the distribution of political power and economic wealth in societies of long ago. On the basis of data we have collected ...
Harold James
2013
This book provides an overview of how today’s reinsurance industry developed. Until recently, reinsurers were only known to a small minority outside the community. Major disasters, especially those caused by natural catastrophes, have moved the industry ...