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Historical Sociology

The Rise of Historical Sociology - by Dennis Smith.
In the aftermath of its near-demise by fascism and Stalinism, the resurgence of historical sociology has been one of the most important developments in contemporary sociology and history.
Dennis Smith traces the spectacular growth of interest in social history in the West in a much-needed survey that combines lively critique of key works with a framework of interpretation for this intellectual field. Dennis Smith locates the 'second long wave' of historical sociology extending from the post-World War II era into the present and provides a reliable and informative guide to the most influential authors who have contributed to this field in recent times. The author identifies three phases of postwar historical sociology. These periods were shaped by the battle with totalitarianism; the protest movements for student rights, Black Power, an end to the Vietnam War; the Women's Movement; and the fragmentation of the stable bipolar world of the Cold War. Within the context of these sociopolitical eras, Smith discusses the work of the following historical sociologists: Talcott Parsons, Smelser, Eisenstadt, Lipset, Marshall, Bendix, Bloch, Elias, Moore, Thompson, Skocpol, Tilly, Anderson, Wallerstein, Braudel, Mann, Runciman, and Giddens.

Philip Abrams, "History, Sociology, Historical Sociology," Past and Present 87 (1980): 3-16

Charles Tilly, “Historical Sociology” prepared for the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, June 1999.

Theda Skocpol, "Recurrent Strategies and Emerging Agendas in Historical Sociology," Chapter 11 of Vision and Method in Historical Sociology.

The Sources of Social Power: Volume 1, A History of Power from the Beginning to AD 1760 - Michael Mann.


A collection of essays that explore a variety of topics in religious history, both East and West, using theoretical frameworks derived from the comparative-historical sociology of Max.


Making of America. Resource provided by the Univ.of Michigan contains images of over 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles. Browse or search for images.


Thoemmes Press publishes primary sources and reference works in the History of Ideas for the academic community.

William Sewell, "Marc Bloch and the Logic of Comparative History," History and Theory 6 (1967): 208-18.

Ron Aminzade, “Historical Sociology and Time,” Sociological Methods and Research 20 (1992): 459-80.

Larry J. Griffin, “Temporality, Events and Explanation in Historical Sociology,” Sociological Methods and Research 20 (1992): 403-427.

William H. Sewell, “Historical Events as Transformations of Structures: Inventing Revolution at the Bastille,” Theory and Society 25/26 (1996): 841-881.


Charles Tilly, “Micro, Macro, or Megrim?” in Mikrogeschihte, Makrogeschichte: komplmentar oer inkommensurabel? Mit Beitragen von Maurizio Gribaudi, Giovanni Levi und Charles Tilly (Wallstein Verlag, 1998).