'The overall conception of the volume is absolutely splendid, and the editors skilfully place the material in the context of disciplinary and post-disciplinary developments in sociology. This is a major contribution to the field, as well as a comprehensive and reliable guide to its main components' - William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, School of European Studies, University of Sussex. 'It is hard to think of anything that has been left out in this masterly survey of contemporary historical sociology. The editors have done a superb job in the selection of both themes and contributors. We now at last have an up-to-date book to assign in our graduate courses on comparative historical sociology. There's really nothing else like it out there...The editors' introduction is one of the best things I have read on how the field developed, and the problems it has encountered' - Krishan Kumar, William R Kenan, Jr Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia.'
The range of topics covered and the number of distinguished scholars who have contributed to the handbook is impressive, with leading figures such as Bryan S Turner, John R Hall, Gianfranco Poggi and Craig Calhoun among the contributors to a book that covers areas as diverse as post-colonial historiography and the historical sociology of the city! the handbook fills a void within the sizable literature on historical sociology and undoubtedly will be a useful addition to graduate reading lists' - "The British Journal of Sociology". What is important in historical sociology? What are the main routes of development in the subject? This Handbook consists of 26 chapters on historical sociology. It is divided into three parts. Part One is devoted to Foundations and covers Marx, Weber, evolutionary and functionalist approaches, the Annales School, Elias, Nelson and Eisenstadt.Part Two moves on to consider major approaches, such as modernization approaches, late Marxist approaches, historical geography, institutional approaches, cultural history, intellectual history, postcolonial and genealogical approaches.
The third part is devoted to the major substantive themes in historical sociology ranging from state formation, nationalism, social movements, classes, patriarchy, architecture, religion and moral regulation to problems of periodization and East-West divisions. Each part includes an introduction that summarizes and contextualizes chapters. A general introduction to the volume outlines the current situation of historical sociology after the cultural turn in the social sciences. It argues that historical sociology is deeply divided between explanatory 'sociological' approaches and more empirical and interpretative 'historical' approaches. Systematic and informative the book offers readers the most complete and authoritative guide to historical sociology.
Introduction - Gerard Delanty and Engin F Isin Reorienting Historical Sociology PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS Karl Marx and Historical Sociology - Duncan Kelly Max Weber and the Interpretative Tradition - Robert Holton Evolutionary and Functionalist Historical Sociology - John Holmwood and Maureen O' Malley The Annales, Braudel and Historical Sociology - Peter Burke Civilizational Complexes and Processes - John Mandalios Elias, Nelson and Eisenstadt PART TWO: APPROACHES Historical Materialist Sociology and Revolutions - George C Comminel Theories That Won't Pass Away - Wolfgang Kn[um]obl The Never-ending Story of Modernization Theory Historical Geography and Historical Sociology - Susan W Friedman Our Honest Toil and the Spatial Turn Institutional History - Chris Smaje Comparative Approaches to Race and Caste Cultural History Is Dead (Long Live the Hydra) - John R Hall An Intellectual History Meets Historical Sociology - Peter Wagner Historical Sociology after the Linguistic Turn Prologue for a Genealogy of War and Peace - Mitchell Dean Genealogical Approaches Subaltern Studies and Post-Colonial Historiography - Dipesh Chakrabarty PART THREE: THEMES The Cultural Logic of Historical Periodization - Peter Toohey East and West - Johann P Arnason From Invidious Dichotomy to Incomplete Deconstruction Classes and Nations in Recent Historical Sociology - Robert Fine and Daniel Chernilo The Formation of the Modern State and the Institutionalization of Rule - Gianfranco Poggi The Evolution of Parliaments - Tom R Burns and Masoud Kamali A Comparative, Historical Perspective on Assemblies and Political Decision-making Social Movements and Democratization - Klaus Eder The Persistence of Nationalism - Gerard Delanty Modernity and Discourses of the Nation Architecturing Modern Nations - Paul Jones Architecture and the State Historical Sociology of the City - Engin F Isin Historical Memory - Bernhard Giesen and Kay Junge Gender and Patriarchy in Historical Sociology - Pavla Miller Historical Sociology of Religion - Bryan S Turner Politics and Modernity From Moral Science to Moral Regulation - Alan Hunt Social Theory's Encounter with the Moral Domain Afterword - Craig Calhoun Why Historical Sociology?