Sovereignty, War and the Corporation: Hegel on the Medieval Foundations of the Modern State Academic Article uri icon


  • This article examines Hegels use of elements of medieval social and political organization in his formulation of the theory of the modern state. The author argues that Hegel appropriated and integrated into his thought two concepts typical of the Middle Ages: the definition of sovereignty externally through warfare and the economic association of citizens through the corporation. Thus, while Hegel was no admirer of the medieval polity in its own right, he recognized that aspects of it could fruitfully be retained in the completed design of the modern state. 1987, Southern Political Science Association. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • The Journal of Politics

author list (cited authors)

  • Nederman, C. J.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Nederman, Cary J

publication date

  • May 1987