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PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SCIENCE IN BROWN UNIVERSITY;
1. WARD, "A TEXT-BOOK OF SOCIOLOGY'!
This work contains in generalized form a study of the development of the state, its sovereignty, and its differentiated governmental organization. It is based on a previous work of the author's, The Development of the State, which has been rewritten completely and enlarged by seven chapters.
There are, of course, many books that explain the governmental systems of leading states, supplying concrete information about particular countries. This work aims rather to show the development of government itself and the democratic movement in government, so as to furnish a general background for detailed studies of national governments. In pursuit of this aim the author has endeavored to indicate the socio-economic and intellectual factors that determine variations in government, in order that the reader or student may understand more clearly the significance of political institutions.
This succinct survey of government, as a sort of epitome of all government, may perhaps be found especially useful as an introduction to the study of political science and history in our colleges and universities. To this end copious references have been inserted, including a compact bibliography. In so brief a volume much detail has to be omitted, but it is chiefly matter that can readily be supplied by the instructor, who can also expand the text at pleasure by furnishing additional illustrations from governmental systems.