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Unger pursues this topic through wide-ranging historical inquiries into the European escape from the recurring crises that foreclosed political and economic breakthroughs in the great empires of the past; the invention of revolutionary approaches to the governmental protection of wealth; and the social conditions of military success, viewed as sources of insight into the social foundations of economic growth. Throughout, Plasticity into Power exemplifies a conception of the relation between theory and history that remains faithful to the surprising, open-ended quality of lived experience.
“A philosophical mind out of the Third World turning the tables, to become a synoptist and seer of the First.”—Perry Anderson
|1||The periodic breakdown of governments and economies in agrarian-bureaucratic societies : its causes, antidotes, and lessons||3|
|2||Wealth and force : an antinecessitarian analysis of the protection problem||113|
|3||Plasticity into power : social conditions of military success||153|