[Marxism] Perry Anderson PASSAGES FROM ANTIQUITY TO FEUDALISM and LINEAGES OF THE ABSOLUTIST STATE - out now from Verso

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PASSAGES FROM ANTIQUITY TO FEUDALISM and LINEAGES OF THE ABSOLUTIST STATE
by Perry Anderson

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Published May 2013

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PASSAGES FROM ANTIQUITY TO FEUDALISM

PASSAGES FROM ANTIQUITY TO FEUDALISM is a sustained exercise in historical sociology that shows how the slave-based societies of Ancient Greece and Rome eventually became the feudal societies of the Middle Ages. In the course of this study, Anderson vindicates and refines the explanatory power of historical materialism, while casting a fascinating light on the Ancient world, the Germanic invasions, nomadic society, and the different routes taken to feudalism in Northern, Mediterranean, Eastern and Western Europe.

Through this work and its companion volume, LINEAGES OF THE ABSOLUTIST STATE, Anderson presents a Marxist history of Western political development that takes readers from the first stirrings of political consciousness in the classical world to the rise of absolutist monarchies in Europe and the birth of the modern epoch.

“A complex, beautifully interwoven account of Europe from the ancient Greeks to modern absolutist monarchies ... exhilarating. ” – GUARDIAN

“Quite splendid ... A powerful and lucid intelligence. ” – Eric Hobsbawm, NEW STATESMAN

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ISBN: 9781781680087 / Paperback / $24.95 / £16.99 / $26.50CAN / 304 pages

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LINEAGES OF THE ABSOLUTIST STATE

Forty years after its original publication, LINEAGES OF THE ABSOLUTIST STATE remains an exemplary achievement in comparative history. Picking up from where its companion volume, PASSAGES FROM ANTIQUITY TO FEUDALISM, left off, Lineages traces the development of Absolutist states in the early modern period from their roots in European feudalism, and assesses their various trajectories. Why didn’t Italy develop into an Absolutist state in the same, indigenous way as the other dominant Western countries, namely Spain, France and England? On the other hand, how did Eastern European countries develop into Absolutist states similar to those of the West, when their social conditions diverged so drastically? Reflecting on examples in Islamic and East Asian history, as well as the Ottoman Empire, Anderson concludes by elucidating the particular role of European development within universal history.

“A dazzlingly provocative narrative of the two millenia between Pericles and Louis XIV. ” – SUNDAY TIMES

“What an intellectual pleasure it has been to read these texts. Anderson has a real ability for illuminating and succinct generalization. ” – TIMES HIGHER EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

“The breathtaking range of conception and the architectural skill with which it has been executed make his work a formidable intellectual achievement.” – NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS

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ISBN: 9781781680100 / Paperback / $29.95 / £19.99 / 31.50CAN / 576 pages

For more information on LINEAGES OF THE ABSOLUTIST STATE or to buy the book visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1190-lineages-of-the-absolutist-state

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