War and Social Change in Modern Europe: The Great Transformation Revisited / Edition 1

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Overview

This book revisits the historical terrain of Karl Polanyi's The Great Transformation (1944). Recent years have seen a remarkable resurgence of interest in Polanyi's powerful account of the rise and demise of Europe's nineteenth-century market system. However, this book argues that Polanyi's analysis is, in important ways, inaccurate and misleading. Sandra Halperin traces the persistence of traditional class structures during the development of industrial capitalism in Europe and the way in which these structures shaped states and state behavior and generated conflict. She documents European conflicts between 1789 and 1914, including small- and medium-scale conflicts often ignored by researchers, and links these conflicts to structures characteristic of industrial capitalist development in Europe before 1945. Ultimately, the book shows how and why these conflicts both culminated in the world wars and brought about a "great transformation" in Europe. Its account of this period challenges not only Polanyi's analysis but a variety of influential perspectives on nationalism, development, conflict, international systems change, and globalization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521540155
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables
Preface
Introduction
1 Conflict and Change in World Politics 3
I Social Forces, Industrial Expansion, and Conflict in Europe's Nineteenth-Century Market System
2 The First Transformation: Social Forces in the Rise of Europe's Nineteenth-Century Market System 51
3 Europe's Nineteenth-Century Industrial Expansion: A "Bottom Up" Perspective 78
4 Europe's Century of War, 1815-1914 119
5 World War I and the Postwar Retrenchment 145
II The Interregnum
6 The Polarization of European Society, 1918-1939 175
7 The Politics of Appeasement and Counterrevolution: International Relations in Europe, 1918-1939 200
III The Great Transformation
8 The Post-World War II Order 235
9 The Great Transformation and the Eternal Return: "Globalization" Reconsidered 269
App. 1 Europe Defined 297
App. 2 A Sample of Europe's Class, Ethnic, and Imperialist Conflicts, 1789-1945 299
App. 3 European (Regional and Extraregional) Wars, Insurrections, Rebellions, Revolutions, Uprisings, Violent Strikes, Riots, and Demonstrations, 1789-1945 312
Works Cited 445
Index 499
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