The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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* In the Preface, Fukuyama discusses the assumption that the modern political state evolved from tribal groups.

* Fukuyama references New Guinea as an example.

* Sometimes political systems decay.

* Fukuyama's intention is to go through pre-history and through to the French Revolution in his examination on modern political organizations.

* In Chapter 1, Fukuyama outlines the increase in democratic countries.

* In the 1990's, many governments reverted to authoritarian rule and democracies declined.

* Fukuyama believes that little is said about how modern democracy came to exist.

* There are three different main institutions of modern democracy: the state, the rule of law, and accountable government.

* Fukuyama discusses different governments, like Scandinavia, Russia, China and India.

* In Chapter 2, Fukuyama examines theories of different political theorists, such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Aristotle.

* Aristotle assumed humans are solitary individuals who gave up personal freedoms to become part...

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