city state


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

city state

a form of the preindustrial STATE based on a single city, e.g. the Gr eek polis. In their earliest forms (e.g. the numerous city states of the Near East and the Mediterranean region) these states were small. Nevertheless they represented a significant advance in the concentration of political and economic POWER compared with previous nonurban societies. This is indicated by their capacity to extend their hegemony over surrounding areas, sometimes becoming the basis of major empires, e.g. Athens and Rome. It has been characteristic of some city states that they have been based on a ‘democratic association’ of citizens (e.g. in Athens, all those who bear arms). They have also been a major source of significant ‘modern’ political ideas and ideologies, not least because a sharp division between citizens and non-citizens (including the appearance of an urban PROLETARIAT) led to new class division. See also ANCIENT SOCIETY.
References in periodicals archive ?
The Vatican City State has never had independent armed forces, but it has always had a de facto military provided by the armed forces of the Holy See: the Pontifical Swiss Guard, the Noble Guard, the Palatine Guard, and the Papal Gendarmerie Corps.
Department of Science, Valley City State University, Valley City, ND 58072
The chief justice official in the tiny city state ordered that funds held in the Vatican bank by Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, accused of involvement in a plot to smuggle 20 million euros in cash into Italy, should be frozen as an inquiry into suspect transactions.
Seven students at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo., are enrolled in the program, said Gary Thompson, Valley City State's dean of education.
Beth Gigante Klingenstein, NCTM, has been an independent music teacher for twenty-eight years and is on the faculty of Valley City State University (VCSU) in North Dakota, where she also is the director of the VCSU Community School of the Arts.
The main reason is that the humble 1 cent coin is not actively used by people in the affluent city state anymore, the board said.
Mitchell has changed jobs several times since graduating from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina in 1994.
Governor George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani recently announced the creation of a city state authority to spearhead the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan.
In other developments in Rome, John Paul has signed a new constitution for the Vatican City State, the 108-acre domain of the church.
The hike is free and open to the public, and will run between Giant City State Park and Rocky Comfort Road.