The Genesis of the State

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According to Franz Oppenheimer, the state is generated in a series of six stages. One or more of these stages may be omitted and still allow for the genesis of a state, as Oppenheimer attests with aid of historical evidence (his historical citations are way too involved to reproduce here, but those interested should consult the second chapter of The State, entitled “The Genesis of the State”). The stages progress as follows.
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