The Sources of Social Power: Volume 2, The Rise of Classes and Nation States 1760-1914

The Sources of Social Power: Volume 2, The Rise of Classes and Nation States 1760-1914

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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 generalise, it also stresses social and historical complexity. The author 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 more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 5 b/w illus. 36 tables
  • 1139243179
  • 9781139243179

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'It is a study bursting with interesting ideas as well as covering a rich sweep of empirical materials ... This book, like its predecessor, will become something of a sociological classic ... very few authors could have marshalled such diverse material in such a systematic , yet analytically precise way.' Anthony Giddens, New Stateman & Societyshow more

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Economic and ideological power relations; 3. A theory of the modern state; 4. The Industrial Revolution and old regime liberalism in Britain, 1760-1880; 5. The American Revolution and the institutionalisation of confederal capitalist liberalism; 6. The French Revolution and the bourgeois nation; 7. Conclusion to chapter 4-6: the emergence of classes and nations; 8. Geopolitics and international capitalism; 9. Struggle over Germany, I: Prussia and authoritarian national capitalism; 10. Struggle over Germany, II: Austria and confederal representation; 11. The rise of the modern state, I: quantitative data; 12. The rise of the modern state, II: the autonomy of military power; 13. The rise of the modern state, III: bureaucratization; 14. The rise of the modern state, IV: the expansion of civilian scope; 15. The resistible rise of the British working class, 1815-1880; 16. The middle class nation; 17 Class struggle in the second industrial revolution, 1880-1914;, I: Great Britain; 18. Class struggle in the second industrial revolution, 1880-1914, II; comparative analysis of working class movements; 19. Class struggle in the second industrial revolution, 1880-1914, III: the peasantry; 20. Theoretical conclusion: classes, states, nations and the sources of social power; 21. Empirical culmination - over the top: geopolitics, class struggle and World War I; Appendixshow more

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