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The State of Freedom: A Social History of the British State Since 1800 Paperback – 4 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107694558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107694552
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,005,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'[An] acute analysis of the state we're in.' Morning Star

'The State of Freedom is the most sophisticated book yet from Patrick Joyce. It is hard to believe that anyone could write a more brilliant book than The Rule of Freedom, but he has. Joyce reveals with impressive detail the subtle and surprising means by which the liberal state operates and has done so historically.' Chandra Mukerji, University of California, San Diego, and author of Impossible Engineering

'This is vintage Joyce: critical, provocative and theoretically engaged.' Frank Trentmann, Birkbeck, University of London, and author of Free Trade Nation

'Written with great verve and characterized by an original historical imagination, this challenging book offers fresh conceptual tools and rich empirical assessments to grapple with what it calls the social history of the British state. Moving across borders and institutions, The State of Freedom chronicles the state as actor, identifies the means used to fashion the persons who govern the state, and impressively shows how freedom and constraint can be mutually constitutive.' Ira Katznelson, Columbia University, and author of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

'Joyce makes a sophisticated and informed argument that the state and its homogenous, elite leadership enshrined commitment to political freedom and institutions of order and authority that over time became systematized with considerable operational continuity … An important and stimulating historical study of governing and governance that should be in good library collections.' M. J. Moore, Choice

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What is the state? The State of Freedom offers an important new take on this classic question by exploring what exactly the state did and how it worked. Patrick Joyce asks us to re-examine the ordinary things of the British state and the kinds of people who ran it.

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