Monday, November 22, 2010

Quotation for the day: James C. Scott

Before the distance-demolishing technology of railroads and all-weather motor roads, land-bound polities in Southeast Asia and Europe found it extremely difficult, without navigable waterways, to concentrate and then project power.

James C. Scott, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, chapter 2, "State Space: Zones of Governance and Appropriation" (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009) 45.

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