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Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World Reprint Edition
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Moore uses a hybrid Marxist analysis and turns it on its head by finding common conditions favorable to democracies and conditions that lead to fascist and commmunist dictatorships. Moore finds some common factors to successful transition to include a need for social change to accompany technological change, the strength of a "middle class" and the need to address the concerns of agrarian society.
In the end Moore believes that the industrial change took place at great cost in every society. The key to successful transistion to democracy was in how this "industrial revolution" was implemented.
Whether one agrees totally or not, "Social Origins" never ceases to be stimulating in its analysis.
Moore begins his work in discussing the capitalistic, democratic path to modernity as characterized by England, France, and the United States. In the case of England, the landed aristocracy moved towards the commercialization of agriculture. This essentially eliminated the wide peasant base from the equation, thus removing a potentially revolutionary class. Additionally, the move towards commercialized agriculture decreased the power of the absolutist Crown. Furthermore, the commercialization of agriculture leads to the development of towns and a trading class (bourgeoisie).Read more ›
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I only know a few songs that had a tremendous impact in our history. This book has an analysis of the split in American society, North, West, and South, with a political... Read morePublished 3 months ago by snap shot hex
It remains a classic text. Yes scholarship has moved on but this work remains foundational for anyone interested in the questions Barrington Moore was raising.Published 9 months ago by William B. Julian
Excellent work. Fundamental work for exploring social change.Published 10 months ago by Brian Davis
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I bought a book of 'like new', actually it was like new and really clean. Great quality. I Highly recommended.Published on December 23, 2013 by Eun JI WON
....All restraints against them [Chinese peasants] shall be torn down by them on the fast track towards liberation. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Fang