Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Sources of Social Power (Vol: 4): Globalizations, 1945–2011

Michael Mann, University of California, Los Angeles 

Distinguishing four sources of power – ideological, economic, military and political – this series traces their interrelations throughout human history. This fourth volume covers the period from 1945 to the present, focusing on the three major pillars of post-war global order: capitalism, the nation-state system and the sole remaining empire of the world, the United States. In the course of this period, capitalism, nation-states and empires interacted with one another and were transformed. Mann's key argument is that globalization is not just a single process, because there are globalizations of all four sources of social power, each of which has a different rhythm of development. Topics include the rise and beginnings of decline of the American Empire, the fall or transformation of communism (respectively, the Soviet Union and China), the shift from neo-Keynesianism to neoliberalism, and the three great crises emerging in this period – nuclear weapons, the great recession and climate change. 


 • Concluding volume of Mann's magnum opus of social power in human history, covering the contemporary age, from 1945 to the present 

• Focuses on the relationship between the sources of social power and increasing globalization, from the emergence of the sole remaining world empire to the current concerns about climate change 

• Gives a general explanation of the modern age that appeals to both historians and social scientists 

 Table of Contents 

1. Globalizations 
2. The post-war global order 
3. America in war and Cold War: class struggles 
4. Civil rights and identity struggles in the United States 
5. American empire during the Cold War, 1945–80 
6. Neoliberalism, rise and faltering, 1970–2000 
7. The fall of the Soviet alternative 
8. The Maoist alternative reformed 
9. A theory of revolution 
10. American empire at the turn of the twenty-first century 
11. Global crisis: the great neoliberal recession 
12. Global crisis: climate change 
13. Conclusion

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