Sources of Social Power A History of Power from the Beginning to AD 1760

ISBN-10: 1107635977
ISBN-13: 9781107635975
Edition: 2nd 2012
Authors: Michael Mann
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 578
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Distinguishing four sources of power in human societies - ideological, economic, military, and political - The Sources of Social Power traces their interrelations throughout human history. In this first volume, Michael Mann examines inter-relations between these elements from neolithic times, through ancient Near Eastern civilizations, the classical Mediterranean age, and medieval Europe, up to just before the Industrial Revolution in England. It offers explanations of the emergence of the state and social stratification; of city-states, militaristic empires, and the persistent interaction between them; of the world salvation religions; and of the particular dynamism of medieval and early modern Europe. It ends by generalizing about the nature of overall social development, the varying forms of social cohesion, and the role of classes and class struggle in history. First published in 1986, this new edition of volume 1 includes a new preface by the author examining the impact and legacy of the work.

Preface to the second edition
Societies as organized power networks
The end of general social evolution: how prehistoric peoples evaded power
The emergence of stratification, states and multi-power-actor civilisation in Mesopotamia
A comparative analysis of the emergence of stratification, states and multi-power-actor civilisations
The first empires of domination: the dialectics of compulsory cooperation
'Indo-Europeans' and iron: expanding, diversified power networks
Phoenicians and Greeks: decentralized multi-power-actor civilisations
Revitalized empires of domination: Assyria and Persia
The Roman territorial empire
Ideology transcendent: the Christian ecumene
A comparative excursus into the world religions: Confucianism, Islam, and (especially) Hindu caste
The European dynamic: I. the intensive phase, AD 800-1155
The European dynamics: II. the rise of coordinating states, 1155-1477
The European dynamic: III. international capitalism and organic national states, 1477-1760
European conclusions: explaining European dynamism - capitalism, Christendom, and states
Patterns of world-historical development in agrarian societies
Index

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