By Charles Tilly
This daring and energetic essay is a kind of rarest of highbrow achievements, a huge small ebook. In its brief size are condensed huge, immense erudition and ambitious analytical scope. With verve and self-assurance, it addresses a large, relevant query: How do we enhance our figuring out of the large-scale tactics and constructions that reworked the area of the 19th century and are remodeling our international today?
Tilly contends that twentieth-century social theories were laden by way of a 19th century historical past of “pernicious postulates.” He topics each one deceptive trust to rigorous feedback, tough many typical social technological know-how paradigms and methodologies. as a substitute to these undying, placeless types of social swap and association, Tilly argues convincingly for a application of concrete, traditionally grounded research and systematic comparison.
To illustrate the techniques on hand for such study, Tilly assesses the works of a number of significant practitioners of comparative ancient research, making skillful use of this selective overview to supply his personal speculative, frequently unconventional bills of our contemporary past.
Historically orientated social scientists will welcome this provocative essay and its wide-ranging time table for comparative historic learn. different social scientists, their graduate and undergraduate scholars, or even the basic reader will locate this new paintings through a massive student stimulating and eminently readable.
This is the second one of 5 volumes commissioned through the Russell Sage origin to mark its seventy-fifth anniversary.
"In this brief, excellent ebook Tilly indicates the way to take into consideration theories of historic social change....This ebook may still locate attentive readers either in undergraduate classes and in graduate seminars. it may additionally locate appreciative readers, for Tilly is a author in addition to a scholar." —Choice
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Big Structures, Large Processes, Huge Comparisons by Charles Tilly