- What is the difference between understanding the state primarily through the lens of the concept of
modernity, as the followers of Weber and Durkheim tend to see it, and through the lens of capitalism as the
followers of Marx see it?
- Explain why the capital-labor relation is so central to understanding the role of the state in capitalist society ?
- What, according to Ellen Meiksins Wood are the key processes that led to transition to the capitalist nationstate ?
- What is so important about Gramsci’s contribution to understanding the nature of the capitalist state,
particularly in advanced capitalist societies?
- What was Michel Foucault’s major challenge to Marxist state theory? How does his approach to
understanding power in society more generally change the way we think about the nature of state power?
- What does it mean to characterize the state as gendered? How is this articulated with a Marxist analysis of
- What makes many of the key capitalist states, including Canada, ‘racialized states’? How does this relate to
the concept of settler colonialism? Using contemporary examples, explain how the racialized nature of the
modern capitalist state has an impact on the eveyday lives of racialized populations.
- How can a Marxist theorization of the state help to understand the rise of Authoritarian populism (such as
seen in the US, Brazil, Hungary, the Philippines and arguably the UK)? How can this provide a guide to a
political strategy of resistance to this threat to democracy and social justice?
- How can we use state theory to understand the varied response to the COVID-19 pandemic? What are the
implications for future emergencies of this type?
tempting to assert their power and protect their own in a particularly violent time in history. Although Rome benefited from expansion through the increase of profitable territory and cultural influence as well as the elimination of enemies who could threaten their security, there were consequences as well. The increase in land and power acted as a catalyst to provoke new enemies and expansion lead to new political and logistical pressures on the Roman government. Through military strength inspired by Roman ideals and virtues, Rome was able to thrive and assert their dominance in the ancient world. This paper will seek to establish that Rome grew from a small civilization into one of the most formidable empires of the ancient world due the required necessities of survival and profited as well as suffered due to its expansion. Rome began as a small settlement on the Tiber River it was not the empire that comes to mind when one thinks of Rome. As it began to grow much of the territory they acquired was as a result of conflicts with neighboring groups. Livy writes about this period but often romanticizes the “glory days” of the Roman republic, and this lens must be taken into account. Livy describes the period of monarchical rule as having been under the rule of seven kings; several are noted as having reignited wars and expanding territory including Tullus Hostilius and Ancus Martius. Not much is said about these kings besides how they conquered peoples in the surrounding area of Rome, this indicates that depending on who was in control in times of absolute rule indicated whether Rome was expanding agg>GET ANSWER