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This is a discerning and relevant book providing an informed analysis of European society which identifies and defines contemporary issues and engages with key social theoretical perspectives. Covering the substantive historical sociological aspects of Europe (Part 1), the historical and comparative sociology of the nation-state (Part 2), and the comparative sociology of welfare capitalism (Part 3) Maurice Roche sets out a clear and effective framework for understanding the sociology of Europe.

The Modern European Complex: War and Peace
The modern European complex: War and peace
Introduction

It is a sociologically significant fact (as well as a morally sobering fact) about Europeans that, with the notable exception of the period since the Second World War, they have killed each other on behalf of their states for generation after generation throughout the entire modern era. The possibilities and risks of violent death and destruction through warfare have pervaded the continent's political history and permeated the ordinary lives of its inhabitants. European society, the European complex, as we have seen in Chapter 4, developed in the modern period around the themes of national statebuilding and thus around the emergence of a Europe of differences more than of commonalities. In the course ...

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