The Modern State

The Modern State

The Modern State

The Modern State

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The state has no finality, can have no perfected form. What we name democracy is a beginning and not an end. The state is an instrument of social man. Its changes are a record alike of his experience with it and of his own changing needs. But long ages have shaped it, and as we follow the process we learn something of the true nature of the instrument, alike of its potentialities and of its limitations. To present the modern state as a product of social evolution; to explain how it acquires specific functions and specific means of service, relinquishing certain claims and vindicating others; to show how, through all the struggles and disturbances which have raged around its prize of power, it has established its foundations more broad and more secure -- these are the objects of this work. If it succeeds at all, it is because of what the author owes to the thinkers who in our age, as in the past, have devoted themselves to the same unending task.

R. M. M.

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, April 1926.

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