The Persistence of the Old Regime: Europe to the Great War

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In this classic work which analyzes the context in which thirty years of war and revolution wracked the European continent, the great historian Arno Mayer emphasizes the backwardness of the European economies and their political subjugation by aristocratic elites and their allies. Mayer turns upside down the vision of societies marked by modernization and forward-thrusting bourgeois and popular social classes, thereby transforming our understanding of the traumatic crises of the...
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Overview

In this classic work which analyzes the context in which thirty years of war and revolution wracked the European continent, the great historian Arno Mayer emphasizes the backwardness of the European economies and their political subjugation by aristocratic elites and their allies. Mayer turns upside down the vision of societies marked by modernization and forward-thrusting bourgeois and popular social classes, thereby transforming our understanding of the traumatic crises of the early twentieth century.
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“A seminal book—extremely challenging. The historical and political implications of the ‘Mayer thesis’ will be widely discussed in years to come—certainly not only by specialists.”—Carlo Ginzburg

“Academics like me often wield the term ‘modernity’ as if it describes a centuries-old formation, but the fact is: a great part of Europe only became modern—in the sense of being post-feudal—in recent memory. The best treatment of this theme remains Arno Mayer’s The Persistence of the Old Regime.”—Corey Robin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844676354
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 8/2/2010
  • Series: Verso World History Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 953,878
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Arno Mayer is Professor Emeritus of European History at Princeton University. His many books include The Persistence of the Old Regime: Europe to the Great War, The Furies: Violence and Terror in the French and Russian Revolutions, Plowshares into Swords: From Zionism to Israel and Why Did the Heavens Not Darken? The “Final Solution” in History.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 The Economies: The Endurance of Land, Agriculture, Manufacture 17

Chapter 2 The Ruling Classes: The Bourgeoisie Defers 79

Chapter 3 Political Society and the Governing Classes: Linchpin of the Old Regime 129

Chapter 4 Official High Cultures and the Avant-Gardes 189

Chapter 5 World-View: Social Darwinism, Nietzsche, War 275

Bibliography 331

Index 351

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