Mercenaries, Pirates, and Sovereigns
State-Building and Extraterritorial Violence in Early Modern Europe
Janice E. Thomson


The contemporary organization of global violence is neither timeless nor natural, argues Janice Thomson. It is distinctively modern. In this book she examines how the present arrangement of the world into violence-monopolizing sovereign states evolved over the six preceding centuries.

Janice E. Thomson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington.