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The Familial State
Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe
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
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 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 are...
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 Democracy.
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 the...
Identity in Formation
The Russian-Speaking Populations in the New Abroad
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, nationality groups have claimed sovereignty in the new republics bearing their names. With the ascendance of these nationalities, Russian speakers living in the post-Soviet republics face a radical crisis of identity. That crisis is at the heart of David D. Laitin's book.
Making the Fascist Self
The Political Culture of Interwar Italy
In her examination of the culture of Italian fascism, Mabel Berezin focuses on how Mussolini's regime consciously constructed a nonliberal public sphere to support its political aims.
Bandits and Bureaucrats
The Ottoman Route to State Centralization
The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe
Although dominant in West European politics for more than a century, Christian Democratic parties remain largely unexplored and little understood. An investigation of how political identities and parties form, this book considers the origins of...
New Voices in the Nation
Women and the Greek Resistance, 1941–1964