extensive and intensive power
extensive and intensive powera contrast drawn by MANN (1986) between ‘the ability to organize large numbers of people over farflung territories’, albeit fairly minimally (extensive power) and ‘the ability to organize tightly and command a high mobilization or commitment’ within a territory (intensive power). The distinction is an important one in Mann's account of the differences between preindustrial empires and modern nation-states.
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