The Sources of Social Power: Volume 1, A History of Power from the Beginning to AD 1760 / Edition 1by Michael Mann
Pub. Date: 04/28/1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This study of the nature of power in human societies identifies the four principal sources of power as being control over economic, ideological, military and political resources. The author examines inter-relations between these elements from neolithic times up to just before the Industrial Revolution in England.
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Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Societies as organized power networks; 2. The end of general social evolution: how prehistoric peoples evaded power; 3. The emergence of stratification, states, and multi-power-actor civilisation in Mesopotamia; 4. A comparative analysis of the emergence of stratification, states, and multi-power-actor civilisations; 5. The first empires of domination: the dialectics of compulsory cooperation; 6. 'Indo-Europeans' and iron: expanding, diversified power networks; 7. Phoenicians and Greeks: decentralized multi-power-actor civilisations; 8. Revitalized empires of domination: Assyria and Persia; 9. The Roman territorial empire; 10. Ideology transcendent: the Christian ecumene; 11. A comparative excursus into the world religions: Confucianism, Islam, and (especially) Hindu caste; 12. The European dynamic: I. The intensive phase, A. D. 800-1155; 13. The European dynamics: II. The rise of coordinating states, 1155-1477; 14. The European dynamic: III. International capitalism and organic national states, 1477-1760; 15. European conclusions: explaining European dynamism - capitalism, Christendom, and states; 16. Patterns of world-historical development in agrarian societies; Index.
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