Collection : The Wilder House Series in Politics, History and Culture

Series editors: David Laitin and George Steinmetz

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Hausaland Divided
Colonialism and Independence in Nigeria and Niger
William F. S. Miles
How have different forms of colonialism shaped societies and their politics? William F. S. Miles focuses on the Hausa-speaking people of West Africa whose land is still split by an arbitrary boundary established by Great Britain and France at the turn of the...



The Familial State
Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe
Julia Adams
The seventeenth century was called the Dutch Golden Age. Over the course of eighty years, the tiny United Provinces of the Netherlands overthrew Spanish rule and became Europe's dominant power. Eventually, though, Dutch hegemony collapsed as quickly...



The Affirmative Action Empire
Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union, 1923–1939
Terry Martin
The Soviet Union was the first of Europe's multiethnic states to confront the rising tide of nationalism by systematically promoting the national consciousness of its ethnic minorities and establishing for them many of the institutional forms...



Democracy in Translation
Understanding Politics in an Unfamiliar Culture
Frederic Charles Schaffer, Frederic C. Schaffer
Frederic C. Schaffer challenges the assumption often made by American scholars that democracy has been achieved in foreign countries when criteria such as free elections are met. Elections, he argues, often have cultural underpinnings that...



Democracy, Revolution, and History
The work of Barrington Moore, Jr., is one of the landmarks of modern social science. A distinguished roster of contributors here discusses the influence of his best-known work, Social Origins of Dictatorship and...



State/Culture
State-Formation after the Cultural Turn
What impact does culture have on state-formation and public policy? How do states affect national and local cultures? How is the ongoing cultural turn in theory reshaping our understanding of the Western and modernizing states, long viewed as...



State/Culture
State-Formation after the Cultural Turn
What impact does culture have on state-formation and public policy? How do states affect national and local cultures? How is the ongoing cultural turn in theory reshaping our understanding of the Western and modernizing states, long viewed as...



Democracy in Translation
Understanding Politics in an Unfamiliar Culture
Frederic C. Schaffer
Frederic C. Schaffer challenges the assumption often made by American scholars that democracy has been achieved in foreign countries when criteria such as free elections are met. Elections, he argues, often have cultural underpinnings that...



Democracy, Revolution, and History
The work of Barrington Moore, Jr., is one of the landmarks of modern social science. A distinguished roster of contributors here discusses the influence of his best-known work, Social Origins of Dictatorship and...



Moral Aspects of Economic Growth, and Other Essays
Barrington Moore
Barrington Moore, Jr., one of the most distinguished thinkers in critical theory and historical sociology, was long concerned with the prospects for freedom and decency in industrial society. The product of decades of reflection on issues of authority, inequality, and injustice, this volume analyzes fluctuating moral beliefs and behavior in...



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