introduce to a class discussion

There will be 3 Readings that I need to introduce to a class discussion. To launch the in-class discussions of the readings, I am supposed to briefly “introduce” (but not summarize) each reading. And I am expected to make a few analytical comments, critically assessing or raising questions about the reading in order to elicit discussion. The introduction should not last more than 2–3 minutes for every reading.
This could involve an analytical commentary on the reading’s arguments and content, its logical implications and/or its relationship with theory or other readings, potentially highlighting key weaknesses in methodology, evidence or generalizability. It is crucial to remember that it must not be descriptions, summaries or personal appreciations of the readings.
The 3 Readings:
– Tilly, Charles. “War Making and State Making as Organized Crime.” In Peter B. Evans, Dietrich Rueschemeyer and Theda Skocpol, eds. Bringing the State Back In (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), pp. 169-191.
– Vu, Tuong. “Studying the State through State Formation”. World Politics, vol. 62, no. 1 (2010), pp. 148-175.
– Scott, James C. Seeing Like a State (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998), pp. 1-8 and 53- 83.
(All will be uploaded)(No outside research is needed) (No citations are needed) (Will be read to class)


Approximately 250 words