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Unequal Friendship

The Patron-Client Relationship in Historical Perspective


Antoni Mączak

This book analyzes the patron-client relationship over both space and time. It covers such areas of the globe as Europe, Africa and Latin America, and such periods in time as ancient Rome, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Poland, as well as twentieth-century America. It also analyzes clientelism in U.S. policy toward the Vietnam War and in Richard J. Daley’s mayoral rule over Chicago. In his comparative approach the author makes broad use of theories from such fields as history, sociology, anthropology and linguistics while considering the global scale of the patron-client relationship and the immense role that clientelism has played in world history.

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Names: Ma􀡥czak, Antoni, author. Title: Unequal friendship : the patron-client relationship in historical perspective / Antoni Ma􀡥czak. Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2017. | Series: Polish studies: transdisciplinary perspectives, ISSN 2191-3293 ; vol. 20 | Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2017005903| ISBN 9783631626689 (print) | ISBN 9783653023688 (ePDF) | ISBN 9783631710203 (ePUB) | ISBN 9783631710210 (MOBI) Subjects: LCSH: Patronage, Political—History. | Patron and client—History. Classification: LCC JF2111 .M33 2017 | DDC 324.2/04—dc23 LC record available at

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The Publication is founded by Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland as a part of the National Program for the Development of the Humanities. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Ministry cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

ISSN 2191-3293

ISBN 978-3-631-62668-9 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-02368-8 (E-PDF)

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