The Modern World-System IV
Centrist Liberalism Triumphant, 1789–1914
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Illustrations
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Preface: On Writing about the Modern World-System
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T_h is is the fourth volume in a series whose f_i rst volume was published in 1974. T_h e overall work was conceived as a multivolume analysis of the historical and structural development of the modern world-system. Each volume was designed to stand by itself but was also intended simultaneously to be part of the singular larger work. T_h is poses some problems both for the author and for the reader. I ...
Chapter 1: Centrist Liberalism as Ideology
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T_h e French Revolution . . . is the shadow under which the whole nineteenth In 1815, the most important new political reality for Great Britain, France, and the world-system was the fact that, in the spirit of the times, political change had become normal. “With the French Revolution, parliamentary reform became a doctrine as distinct from an expedient” (White, 1973, 73). Furthermore, the locus ...
Chapter 2: Constructing the Liberal State, 1815–1830
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...[T_h e French Revolution] overthrew or terrif_i ed the princes, disconcerted the During the half-century following the French Revolution from the fall of the Bastille to the f_i nal collapse of English Chartism, the danger of revolution Great Britain and France fought a long battle for hegemony within the capitalist world-economy from 1651 to 1815.1 It was only in 1815 that Great Britain at last ...
Chapter 3: The Liberal State and Class Conflict, 1830–1875
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British state intervention was growing like a rolling snowball throughout the [nineteenth] century which most historians were inclined to characterize as T_h e struggle of the Orders suf_f uses or rather creates all this history. . . . Facts don’t just disappear because ministries and parties want them to or f_i nd it During the f_i rst half of the nineteenth century, socialism as a concept was still not ...
Chapter 4: The Citizen in a Liberal State
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T_h at the principle of national sovereignty is at the very heart of the French Revolution is something on which we need scarcely insist. T_h at this prin-ciple was created—and put into practice—by the transfer of absolute sover-eignty from the king to the nation is a truism that is worth repeating. And I would say that the French revolutionary tradition . . . had a greater impact ...
Chapter 5: Liberalism as Social Science
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T_h e values liberals hold dear are absolute not relative values. . . . Where recognized, the liberal order of justice is eternal, immutable and universal.I do not know which makes a man more conservative—to know nothing but T_h e century stretching from the defeat of Napoleon to the outbreak of the First World War has been called the Age of Steam, the Age of Nationalism—...
Chapter 6: The Argument Restated
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T_h is book is about the modern world-system in the long nineteenth century, which conventionally runs from 1789 to 1914. T_h ere are endless numbers of books that have discussed the basic characteristics of this period. T_h ere exists what we may think of as a conventional view, shared by scholars of varying ideological It is seen as the century of multiple revolutions—the industrial revolution, ...
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Page Count: 396
Publication Year: 2011