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By Walter Garrison Runciman

The concluding quantity of W.G. Runciman's trilogy on social concept applies his conception and method to the case of twentieth-century English society. He indicates how England's capitalist mode of construction, liberal mode of persuasion, and democratic mode of coercion developed within the aftermath of global conflict I from what they'd been because the Eighties, but didn't evolve considerably following international conflict II. His clarification demonstrates that a few fiscal, ideological and political practices have been preferred over others in an more and more advanced surroundings, neither predictable nor controllable by way of policymakers.

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The evolution of societies, like the evolution of species, is a story with a beginning but not an end: it points no moral, vindicates no religious or political doctrine, and entitles no one group or category of human beings to regard themselves as the norm to which others are the backward or deviant exceptions. Yet England does have a special place in the annals of social evolution, partly because it is the society where the technical innovations and concomitant mutations of practices amounting to the 'Industrial Revolution' occurred and partly because the changes of structure and culture which followed it were, to many people's surprise both then and since, as limited as they were.

M. L. Thompson (1988, p. ) been restored. Within this mode, English society's differences from other capitalist liberal democracies became, as the century progressed, more marked, not less. Far from being the paradigm for those societies which followed it down the evolutionary road to 'modernization', British institutions came to look increasingly distinctive and even anomalous when contrasted with those of France or Germany or the United States or Sweden or Australia or Switzerland or Japan. To Marx and Engels it had seemed that the dialectic of social change unfolding itself in England before their eyes must be repeated in due course elsewhere: as Marx had said to his German readers in his preface to volume I of Capital, 'de te fabula narratur'.

There is a fundamental and persistent disjunction between description of what the changes in it have been like for 'them' and explanation of why the practices defining its pervasive roles and central institutions so changed as to require it to be assigned to a different sub-type of the capitalist-liberal-democratic mode in the years between the aftermath of the First World War and the time of writing from the year of Queen Victoria's death. At the turn of the century, English society was in the middle of what I shall continue to call its 'late-Victorian and Edwardian' evolutionary stage.

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