The Clash of Civilizations: War-making and State Formation in Europe
January 1997, Polity
Burke provides a panoramic sociological history of the rise of European states. He relates the origins and development of European governments to the social conflict among the European, Viking, Islamic, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Mongol civilizations. He assesses the impact of the Crusades on the rise of the monarchy and the origins of democratic regimes. In contrast to European-centred interpretations of history, the author argues that the conflict among other civilizations forged the rise and growth of Western European governments.
The book will appeal to advanced undergraduate students and academics across all social sciences and particularly in political and economic sociology, social and political theory, European studies and Western civilization.
1. A Theory of the Modern European State System.
2. Early Foundations of Western European Civilization.
3. Early Feudalism and Competing Civilizations.
4. The Manor and Church: Internal and External Conflict.
5. The Renaissance, the Reformation and the European State System.
6. The Findings and their Implications for the Americas.
* Develops a novel account of the role of the clash of civilisations in history.
* Incorporates sociological thinking into historical research.
"With unquenchable enthusiasm, commendable brevity, and admirable clarity, Victor Burke has fashioned a theoretically informed synthesis of European political history from the Roman Empire onward." Charles Tilly, Columbia University