Originally published in 1972, Gladden argues that, when more and more attention is being given to the history of particular activities, to specialist as opposed to general history, there is a case for attempting to redress the balance between government and administration. This book offers an investigation of the administrative context of earlier ages and raises the suspicion that administration, like human nature, may not have varied very much since human society began. It is an attempt to provide a highly selective introductory history of this vast subject, with special emphasis on its public aspects, including chapters on Medieval Europe, the Middle East, Early American Civilizations and more.
Introduction. 1. Medieval Europe: Ade of Experiment (A.D. 1000 to 1500). 2. Middle East: East-West Impact (A.D. 1071 to 1683). 3. Sixteenth Century Europe (A.D. 1485 to 1603). 4. Early American Civilizations. 5. The New Admnistration Begins to Emerge in Europe (A.D. 1610 to 1786). 6. China: Sung and After. 7. Indian Statecraft (A.D. 1556 to 1853). 8. Age of Revolutions (A.D. 1649 to 1815). 9. Devlopment of Modern Systems of Public Administration. 10. Public Administration Adapting to the Needs of a New Age.
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