Davis, Kathleen. Periodization & Sovereignty: How Ideas of Feudalism and Secularization Govern the Politics of Time. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2008.
In Periodization & Sovereignty, Kathleen Davis illuminates the political uses of historical narratives whose periodizing operations suggest sharply distinct medieval and modern epochs. Davis traces the historical provenance and contemporary uses of feudalism and secularization as concepts, and finds both linked within an evolving lineage of political sovereignty historically implicated in colonialism.