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Eisenstadt, Shmuel N.

Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt (b. 1923) is one of the founders of comparative analysis of civilizations. His works rank among the most essential and influential contributions to comparative cultural sociology since World War II. Eisenstadt's efforts to bring forth the theory and methodology of cultural comparison have been internationally renowned and honored with several highly acclaimed awards, such as the International Balzan Prize in 1988. He is the author of several standard books on the field of macrosociology, such as The Political Systems of Empires (1963), Tradition, Change, and Modernity (1973), Revolution and the Transformation of Societies: A Comparative Study of Civilizations (1978), and Patterns of Modernity (1987).

Eisenstadt's scholarly interests have been shaped by his biographical background. Coming from a Jewish family that escaped from Poland ...

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