Revolutions, Nations, Empires: Conceptual Limits and Theoretical Possibilities

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Columbia University Press, 1999 - 229 halaman

In this concise, provocative, and trenchant book, Alexander J. Motyl argues that social scientists must pay more rigorous attention to the formulation of concepts, as they provide the basis for clear thinking, good research, and intelligent formulation of theories. Before even contemplating the question of whether or not theories "fit the facts" and explain what they purport to explain, it behooves us to ask whether or not theories make sense conceptually.

Focusing his "conceptual explorations" on three phenomena -- revolutions, nations and nationalism, and empires -- Motyl challenges the sloppy thinking that so often surrounds these three interrelated concepts, and moves our understanding of them -- and their implications for both theory and practice -- toward greater precision.

 

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Concepts and Theories I
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NATIONS 67
EMPIRES 115
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Afterword 163
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Alexander J. Motyl is associate professor of political science and deputy director of the Center for Global Change and Governance at Rutgers University. He is the author and editor of six books including Sovietology, Rationality, Nationality: Coming to Grips with Nationalism in the USSR and Thinking Theoretically about Soviet Nationalities: History and Comparison in the Study of the USSR. He is also the editor of The Encyclopedia of Nationalism.

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