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The Rise Of Bourgeois States: Preconditions For An Explanation

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The concept of 'bourgeois state', implies an idea of 'bourgeois revolution'. The theoretical concept pursued in this work developed out of a critique of explanatory approaches that saw historical processes in terms of a trans-historically effective dynamic. Arguments of a structural-functionalist kind are nowhere more clearly pronounced than in the notion of a trans-historically effective dynamic of development of the productive forces, leading to periodic revolutionising of the relations of production, which counted among the dogmatic theorems of the Second International. Establishing the way in which long-term historical developments of power structures were marked by the particular form of feudal power organisation is thus no argument against the relevance of subjective intentions of action, any more than it is evidence of the structural determination of such action.

Keywords: bourgeois revolution; dogmatic theorem; feudal power organisation; power structure; Second International



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