Force, Fate, and Freedom: On Historical Sociology

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Force, Fate, and Freedom serves as an introduction to historical sociology, as well as a critical analysis of the belief in economic and political progress through social knowledge. Reinhard Bendix offers a development of the historicist approach to social change first championed by Max Weber, and presents an overview of the foundations of political authority in Japan, Russia, Germany, France, and England.

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Reinhard Bendix is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

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"A good book to put into the hands of anyone starting to take an interest in that daunting region where social theory and historical sociology intersect." -- Dennis Smith, Sociology

"At a time when American sociology continues to be fragmented among several competing schools -- and especially polarized between neo-Marxian approaches and computerized quantifiers (it is reassuring to encounter the humanely moderated and chastened rationality that Bendix stands for. These essays, as is true of his previous volumes, reaffirm that comparative and historical sociology are viable subdisciplines and lively stimulants to thinking." (Paul Hollander, American Journal of Sociology

"In Force, Fate, and Freedom the distinguished sociologist Reinhard Bendix presents an eloquent and trenchant argument for an approach to the study of social and political change that is comparative and structural at the same time. . . . Bendix not only succeeds in adding new dimensions to our knowledge about the complexities of power relations in industry, government, and history; he also succeeds in exemplifying, in a novel way, the peculiar interplay among social structure, material conditions, and ideational factors." -- Brigitte Berger, American Academy of Political and Social Sciences Annals

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