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Global Historical Sociology

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Julian Go, George Lawson, Matt Norton, Tarak Barkawi, Zine Magubane, Robbie Shilliam, Vrushali Patil, Ho-fung Hung, Emily Erikson, Andrew Phillips, John Hobson, Andrew Zimmerman
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  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316617694

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  • Bringing together historical sociologists from Sociology and International Relations, this collection lays out the international, transnational, and global dimensions of social change. It reveals the shortcomings of existing scholarship and argues for a deepening of the 'third wave' of historical sociology through a concerted treatment of transnational and global dynamics as they unfold in and through time. The volume combines theoretical interventions with in-depth case studies. Each chapter moves beyond binaries of 'internalism' and 'externalism,' offering a relational approach to a particular thematic: the rise of the West, the colonial construction of sexuality, the imperial origins of state formation, the global origins of modern economic theory, the international features of revolutionary struggles, and more. By bringing this sensibility to bear on a wide range of issue-areas, the volume lays out the promise of a truly global historical sociology.

    • Unites historical sociology in the fields of International Relations and Sociology
    • Advances existing work in historical sociology to tackle areas of core concern to historical sociology and demonstrates both what past accounts missed and how global historical sociology delivers new insights
    • Makes clear the international, transnational and global dimensions of dynamics of continuity and change
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Advance praise: 'Global Historical Sociology is a virtuoso guide to bringing ‘the global in’ to the understanding of political and social history. This collection is a compelling, agenda-setting statement for both historical sociology and international relations. The editors, Julian Go and George Lawson, advance a persuasive theoretical case for this shared project, while the individual contributors dive more deeply into questions of empire, capitalism, and global modernity in chapters that are exemplars of historically-engaged social analysis.' Elisabeth S. Clemens, William Rainey Harper Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago

    Advance praise: 'Edited volumes don’t always make much sense. This one does. It advances comparative historical sociology in a major way by drawing attention to its impact upon the external world, and upon the impact of that world on the global powers at the core of the modern polity. This is a new agenda, not to be missed.' John A. Hall, James McGill Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology at McGill University, Montreal

    Advance praise: 'In Global Historical Sociology, Go and Lawson have brought together in mutual conversation an impressive array of historical sociologists and International Relations scholars, all advancing the shared cause of global history. There is no doubt in my mind that this will become the go-to text for all IR scholars interested in historical sociology (and vice versa) for many years to come.' Ayşe Zarakol, Reader in International Relations, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316617694
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. For a global historical sociology Julian Go and George Lawson
    Part I. States, War, and Revolution:
    1. Real mythic histories: circulatory networks and state centrism Matt Norton
    2. Soldiers, armies, and wars in global context Tarak Barkawi
    3. A global historical sociology of revolution George Lawson
    Part II. Empire, Race, and Sexuality:
    4. Following 'the deeds of men': slavery, 'the global' and international relations Zine Magubane
    5. The crisis of Europe and colonial amnesia: freedom struggles in the Atlantic biotope Robbie Shilliam
    6. Sex, gender and sexuality in colonial modernity: towards a sociology of webbed connectivities Vrushali Patil
    Part III. Capitalism and Political Economy:
    7. The global, the historical, and the social in the making of capitalism Ho-fung Hung
    8. The influence of trade with Asia on British economic theory and practice Emily Erikson
    9. Asian incorporation and the collusive dynamics of western 'expansion' in the early modern world Andrew Phillips
    10. Worlding the rise of capitalism: the multi-civilizational roots of modernity John Hobson
    Conclusion. Global historical sociology and transnational history: history and theory against eurocentrism Andrew Zimmerman.

  • Editors

    Julian Go, Boston University
    Julian Go is a Professor of Sociology at Boston University. He is author of American Empire and the Politics of Meaning (2008) and Patterns of Empire: The British and American Empires, 1688 to the Present (Cambridge, 2012).

    George Lawson, London School of Economics and Political Science
    George Lawson is Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His books include The Global Transformation with Barry Buzan (Cambridge, 2015), The Global 1989: Continuity and Change in World Politics, edited with Chris Armbruster and Michael Cox (Cambridge, 2010), and Negotiated Revolutions: The Czech Republic, South Africa and Chile (2005).


    Julian Go, George Lawson, Matt Norton, Tarak Barkawi, Zine Magubane, Robbie Shilliam, Vrushali Patil, Ho-fung Hung, Emily Erikson, Andrew Phillips, John Hobson, Andrew Zimmerman

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