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Chapter 11: Comparative Historical Sociology
WILLIAM R. WOOD & JOHN WILLIAMSON
Comparative historical sociology Asubfield of sociological works exists, often grouped together under the name “comparative historical sociology” (CHS). These are the works of a sociology that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s, partially in response to perceived shortcomings of functionalism and crude Marxism, and partially as a return to classical sociological questions regarding the apparent contradictions and problems of modernity itself. Although a “comparative” approach is used in virtually all branches of social scientific inquiry, within CHS it has largely followed the works of Karl Marx and Max Weber with regard to the comparison of macrounits of analysis—the state, social class, capitalism, and culture. Its themes and major practitioners are well known; examples include Wallerstein's (1974) study of the modern world-system, Moore's (1966) study of democracies and dictatorships, Skocpol's (1979) study of revolutions, and Mann's (1986, 1993) study of the origins of social power. Although these names are ...