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A landmark in comparative history and a challenge to scholars of all lands who are trying to learn how we arrived at where we are now. -New York Times Book Review

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A landmark in comparative history and a challenge to scholars of all lands who are trying to learn how we arrived at where we are now. -New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807050736
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 553,683
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

BARRINGTON MOORE, JR is a Lecturer in Sociology at Harvard University and Senior Research Fellow for the University's Russian Centre. He was educated at Williams College, where he took a degree in Greek and Latin, and at Yale University where he gained a PhD in sociology. His book Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy received the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award in political science and the MacIver Award in sociology. He is also the author of Soviet Politics: The Dilemma of Power, Terror and Progress: USSR, Political Power and Social Theory and, with Robert P. Wolff and Herbert Marcuse, A Critique of Pure Tolerance. His most recent book, Reflections on the Causes of Human Misery and upon Certain Proposals to Eliminate Them, was given the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Revolutionary Origins of Capitalist Democracy
Ch. I England and the Contributions of Violence to Gradualism
Ch. II Evolution and Revolution in France
Ch. III The American Civil War: The Last Capitalist Revolution
Pt. 2 Three Routes to the Modern World in Asia
Note: Problems in Comparing European and Asian Political Processes
Ch. IV The Decay of Imperial China and the Origins of the Communist Variant
Ch. V Asian Fascism: Japan
Ch. VI Democracy in Asia: India and the Price of Peaceful Change
Pt. 3 Theoretical Implications and Projections
Ch. VII The Democratic Route to Modern Society
Ch. VIII Revolution from Above and Fascism
Ch. IX The Peasants and Revolution
Epilogue: Reactionary and Revolutionary Imagery
Appendix: A Note on Statistics and Conservative Historiography
Bibliography
Index
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