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Synonyms for city-state

a state consisting of a sovereign city

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It will provide an understanding of the mechanisms and causes of urbanisation and state formation in central Italy, as well as the construction of identities from the individual city-state, right up to regional (ethnic) and inter-regional levels.
By offering support to the Seasteading Institute, Thiel has jump-started efforts to create city-state communities afloat on ocean platforms, reports the Discovery News.
Greif argues that these Genoese legal innovations made the rising city-state integral to commerce.
Conquering the surrounding city-states, Hammurabi creates the first kingdom of Babylonia.
The return to power of hereditary aristocracies, the expansion of seigniorial rights and feudal privileges, and the passing of urban rule into the hands of overlords and tyrants was an ubiquitous trend that confirmed Aristotle's theory about the growth and decline of city-states.
explores the shifting fortunes of Mediterranean city-states and empires through patterns of long-term economic and ecological change, narrating from the point of view of the mercantile republics that played a key role as empire- building city-states.
Exploring feudal revolution, ecclesiastical reform, and state building, as well as offering a direct challenge to conclusions that overemphasize the secular nature of Italian city-states by pointing out how ecclesiastical institutions influenced the political and religious culture of communes, Lordship, Reform, and the Development of Civil Society in Medieval Italy is a superb addition to college library, Middle Ages studies and World History shelves.
The resulting form of government, a federal or compound republic, conferred many layers of institutional strength that previous republics, from ancient Rome to the medieval Italian city-states, did not possess.
The fiercely competitive city-states often waged war over land and water rights.
Hieroglyphics carved into recently discovered stairs on the side of an ancient Maya pyramid recount a tale of betrayal and warfare spearheaded by two dominant city-states.
In his Life of Lycurgus, the ancient biographer Plutarch gave a mixed accounting of those supposed Jeffersonians at Sparta, one of the Greek city-states represented at Salamis: "First and foremost, Lycurgus considered children to belong not privately to their fathers, but jointly to their city.
But captial-dominant city-states, largely seagoing, such as Genoa, Venice, and the Dutch Republic, where capital holders dominated the military, also contributed to state formation, as did landlord-based territorial empires such as Prussia or Russia where coercion generated tribute from conquered areas as well as unrecompensed service and stipends from physically subjected internal populations.