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Author: Hilde De Weerdt

This essay critically analyses the legacy of Eisenstadt’s The Political Systems of Empires for the comparative political history of preindustrial empires. It argues that Eisenstadt has given us a rich toolkit to conceptualize the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of empires by theorizing the structural relationships between social groups in large-scale polities and among such polities, and by analysing global patterns of development in the distribution of the sources of social power. The Political Systems of Empires provides an inventory of key questions and dynamics that a comparative history of power relationships in empires cannot ignore. This essay, furthermore, discusses three methodological problems in Eisenstadt’s work which have had a significant impact on comparative empire studies between the 1980s and the 2000s. The essay argues that certain shared features of comparative studies of pre-industrial empires help perpetuate Eurocentric analyses: the foregrounding of select empires and periods as ideal types (typicality), the focus on macro-historical structures and dynamics without the integration of social relationships and actions in historical conjunctures (the lack of scalability), and the search for convergence and divergence. These features need to be overcome to make Eisenstadt’s legacy viable for comparative political history.

In: Asian Review of World Histories

influence and shape future empires, and perhaps most importantly which of these processes constantly recur throughout world history (see also Goldstone & Haldon, 2009). In this regard, Michael Mann has written a four volume magisterial work, Sources of Social Power (1986; 2013) to determine what these

In: Contextual Biblical Hermeneutics as Multicentric Dialogue
Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans and China Seas Migrations from the 1830s to the 1930s
Long-distance migration of peoples have been a central if little understood factor in global integration. The essays in this collection contribute to a new history of world migrations, written by specialists of particular areas of the world. Collectively these essays point towards a shift from the regional migrations of individual seas and oceans of the early modern era toward nineteenth-century labor migrations that connected the Pacific and Indian to the Atlantic Oceans. Detailed case studies demonstrate the importance of human migration in the development, consolidation and critique of empire-building, theories of race, modern capitalism, and large-scale commercial agriculture and industry on every continent.

By Michael Mann and Valerie Sanders. London: Hans Zell Publishers, 1994. 448 pp. (Documentary Research in African Literatures, 3) A massive inventory of over 7,000 African language titles in over 300 different languages. It covers the combined collections and archival holdings of African language

In: African Studies Companion Online

By Michael Mann and David Dalby. London: Hans Zell Publishers, 1987. 325 pp. Published for the School of Oriental and African Studies, International African Institute this is probably the most complete inventory of African languages yet compiled. It includes a methodological introduction, an

In: African Studies Companion Online
Author: Frank Day

of the spheres of social life that allowed freedom to fl ourish without oppression. In Predation and production in European imperialism Michael Mann modifi es Gellner’s view of empire, pointing out that only at home, not abroad, did Western societies permit the liberty that enabled industrialization

In: Comparative Sociology
Author: Camelia Tigau

Michael Mann, who, from a rather psychological perspective, identified four sources of SP: ideological, economic, military and political, which offer alternative organizational means of social control. 1 Unlike Mann, Van Ham adopts a perspective from the sociology and constructivist theory of

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy
Author: José M. Magone

of using network analysis in power elite studies. In this sense, he pleads for an integration of Michael Mann's four interacting networks: ideological, economic, military, and political, which are conceptualized as organized means of attaining human goals. This is also the starting point to discuss

In: International Journal of Comparative Sociology