The Sources of Social Power, Volume 2: The Rise of Classes and Nation States, 1760-1914 / Edition 1

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Overview

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 generalize, 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 War.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The ambition of the conception is, against all conventional expectations, matched by the clarity and grandeur of the execution." The Times Literary Supplement

"This is a book in the grand Weberian tradition. Mann's conceptual skills and historical grasp are virtuosic and the scope of his enterprise is truly impressive." Politics and Society

"...the detail and scale of the work ensure that readers will find it informative and useful....intriguing and educative." Chris Sparks, American Journal of Sociology

"Not the least of Mann's achievements is his ability to gather and analyze comparable statistical material for much of this period for all five states....The insights and observations produced by Mann's fecund mind as it ranges over a century-and-a-half for five major countries are legion....Mann packs so much historical and comparative synthesis into his book and is so widely knowledgeable about social and state development in Europe and America that no student of comparative or historical sociology or state building will want to ignore it." Sidney Tarrow, American Political Science Review

"This work offers a treasure trove of facts and interpretations that will be useful to readers in many disciplines...." Choice

"...a unique brand of historical sociology that is refreshingly iconoclastic, remarkably complex, and breathtakingly ambitious....a must-read for comparative and historical sociologists." Philip S. Gorski, Contemporary Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521445856
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 828
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.54 (d)

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; Appendix

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