Sources of Social Power The Rise of Classes and Nation-States, 1760-1914

ISBN-10: 1107670640
ISBN-13: 9781107670648
Edition: 2nd 2012
Authors: Michael Mann
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Description: Distinguishing four sources of power in human societies - ideological, economic, military, and political - The Sources of Social Power traces their interrelations throughout human history. This second volume of Michael Mann's analytical history of  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 844
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 1.386
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. This second volume of Michael Mann's analytical history of social power deals with power relations between the Industrial Revolution and the First World War, focusing on France, Great Britain, Hapsburg Austria, Prussia/Germany and the United States. Based on considerable empirical research, it provides original theories of the rise of nations and nationalism, of class conflict, of the modern state and of modern militarism. While not afraid to generalize, it also stresses social and historical complexity. Michael Mann sees human society as "a patterned mess" and attempts to provide a sociological theory appropriate to this. This theory culminates in the final chapter, an original explanation of the causes of the First World War. First published in 1993, this new edition of volume 2 includes a new preface by the author examining the impact and legacy of the work.

Preface to the second edition
Introduction
Economic and ideological power relations
A theory of the modern state
The Industrial Revolution and old regime liberalism in Britain, 1760-1880
The American Revolution and the institutionalisation of confederal capitalist liberalism
The French Revolution and the bourgeois nation
Conclusion to chapters 4-6: the emergence of classes and nations
Geopolitics and international capitalism
Struggle over Germany, I: Prussia and authoritarian national capitalism
Struggle over Germany, II: Austria and confederal representation
The rise of the modern state, I: quantitative data
The rise of the modern state, II: the autonomy of military power
The rise of the modern state, III: bureaucratization
The rise of the modern state, IV: the expansion of civilian scope
The resistible rise of the British working class, 1815-1880
The middle class nation
Class struggle in the second industrial revolution, 1880-1914, I: Great Britain
Class struggle in the second industrial revolution, 1880-1914, II: comparative analysis of working class movements
Class struggle in the second industrial revolution, 1880-1914, III: the peasantry
Theoretical conclusion: classes, states, nations, and the sources of social power
Empirical culmination - over the top: geopolitics, class struggle, and World War I
Appendix

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