Social Mobility and Modernization: A Journal of Interdisciplinary History Reader. (Reviews)

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Social Mobility and Modernization: A Journal of Interdisciplinary History Reader. Edited by Robert I. Rotberg (Cambridge, Mass., London: The MIT Press, 2000. 360pp. $25/paper).

Modern social history is looking back to thirty years of rising activity. It changed dramatically during this period and was definitely broadened by the cultural history of the 1980's and 1990's. In recent years the debate on social history calmed down. This is a good moment to look back and to reflect on what has been reached and what has been missed. The volume by Robert I. Rotberg illustrates the merits. The dozen articles of the volume can be seen as a tour d'horizon of thirty years of social history of the American study of social history covering primarily Europe. They are a selection of the best articles of the Journal of Interdisciplinary History by Robert I. Rotberg, the co-editor of the journal. They treat various standard themes of social history such as social mobility, class structure, industrialization, social unrest, social inequality, women, the origins of nationalism from the middle ages until the present and cover mainly France, England, and the US. …