Sources of Social Power The Rise of Classes and Nation-States, 1760-1914
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Description: This is the first part of a three-volume work on the nature of power in human societies. In it, Michael Mann identifies the four principal 'sources' of power as being control over economic, ideological, military, and political resources. He examines the interrelations between these in a narrative history of power from Neolithic times, through ancient Near Eastern civilisations, the classical Mediterranean age, and medieval Europe, up to just before the Industrial Revolution in England. Rejecting the conventional monolithic concept of a 'society', Dr. Mann's model is instead one of a series of overlapping, intersecting power networks. He makes this model operational by focusing on the logistics of power - how the flow of information, manpower, and goods is controlled over social and geographical space-thereby clarifying many of the 'great debates' in sociological theory. The present volume 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 peculiar dynamism of medieval and early modern Europe. It ends by generalising about the nature of overall social development, the varying forms of social cohesion, and the role of classes and class struggle in history. Volume II will continue the history of power up to the present, centering on the interrelations of nation-states and social classes. Volume III will present the theoretical conclusions of the whole work. This ambitious and provocative attempt to provide a new theoretical frame for the interpretation of the theory of societies will be challenging and stimulating reading for a wide range of social scientists, historians, and other readers concerned with understanding large-scale social and historical processes.
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Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/30/1986
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
|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, A. D. 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|