Distinguishing four sources of power in human societies - ideological, economic, military, and political - The Sources of Social Power traces their interrelations throughout human history. 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. Michael Mann 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. First published in 1993, this new edition of volume 2 includes a new preface by the author examining the impact and legacy of the work.
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About the Author
Michael Mann is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Power in the 21st Century: Conversations with John Hall (2011), Incoherent Empire (2003) and Fascists (Cambridge, 2004). His book The Dark Side of Democracy (Cambridge, 2004) was awarded the Barrington Moore Award of the American Sociological Association for the best book in comparative and historical sociology in 2006.
Table of Contents
Preface to the second edition; 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 chapters 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, 1815-80; 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.