European Society in Historical Context
Fall Term 1995
Ernest Gellner
Department of International Relations and European Studies
Central European University

Course Description

The course will discuss typologies of societies and relate them to interpretations of European history. It will draw on material from the philosophy of history, from comparative sociology and from social anthropology. It will discuss theories concerning the distinctiveness or otherwise of European society and its political and economic structures.

Recommended readings:
Aron, Raymond, Main Currents of Sociological Thought, Penguin Books, London, 1965-67
de Tocqueville, Alexis, Democracy in America, Vintage Books, New York, 1990.
de Tocqueville, Alexis, The French Revolution and the Ancien Regime, Anchor Books, New York, 1955.
Crone, Patricia, Pre-Industrial Societies, Blackwell, Oxford UK, Cambridge MA, USA, 1989.
Dumont, Louis, Homo Hierarchicals, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, III., 1980.
MacFarlane, Alan, Origins of English Industrialism, Blackwell, Oxford, 1978.
Geertz, Clifford, Negara: the Theatre State in Nineteenth Century Bali, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ., 1980.
Baechler J., Hall J., and Mann M. (eds), Europe and the Rise of Capitalism, Blackwell, Oxford NY, 1988.
Hall, John (ed), States in History, Blackwell, Oxford, 1986.
Hume, David, Writings on Religion, Open Court Publishers, La Salle, III., 1992.
Hall, John, Powers and Liberties: the Causes and Consequences of the rise of the West, Penguin Books, in associations with Blackwell, Harmondsworth, 1986.
Weber, Max The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Harper Collins Academic, London, 1991.

Additional Readings:
Aron, Raymond Eighteen Lectures on Industrial Society.
Khaldun, Ibn Muqaddima paperback edition, Routledge and Paul Kegan.
Goody, Jack Technology and State in West Africa.
Elvin, Mark China.
Lenski, Power and Privilege
Hall, John (ed) Civil Society
Hirschman, The Passions and the Interest.
Hall, John Coercion and Consent.

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Modified: April, 1996


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