In particular, Coercion and Consent examines the form and character of capitalism, the dynamics of war, problems of late development, the nature of civil society, causes of the collapse of state socialism, the revival of nationalism and possibilities for democratization. The central thesis of the book is that modernity arrived well before most social theorists imagined, and it established structures of power and expectation that look set to remain with us far longer than the theorists of postmodernity claim.
John Hall offers a fresh voice to the discussion about the prospects of modernity, combining historical insight with sustained political and social analysis.
1. Capstones and Organisms.
2. A Curious Stability.
3. An Absolute Collapse.
4. State Power and Patterns of Late Development (written with Ding–Xin Zhao).
5. Consolidations of Democracy.
6. Nationalisms, Classified and Explained.
7. Will the United States Decline as Britain did?.
8. The Weary Titan? Arms and Empire, 1870–1913.
Conclusion: The State of Post–Modernism.
Powers and Liberties: The Causes and Consequences of the Rise of the West (Blackwell, 1985),
States in History (editor, Blackwell, 1986),
Liberalism: Politics, Ideology and the Market (Paladin, 1988).