Charles Tilly is among the most influential American sociologists of the last century. For the first time, his pathbreaking work on a wide array of topics is available in one comprehensive reader. This manageable and readable volume brings together many highlights of Tilly’s large and important oeuvre, covering his contribution to the following areas: revolutions and social change; war, state making, and organized crime; democratization; durable inequality; political violence; migration, race, and ethnicity; narratives and explanations.

The book connects Tilly’s work on large-scale social processes such as nation-building and war to his work on micro processes such as racial and gender discrimination. It includes selections from some of Tilly’s earliest, influential, and out of print writings, including The Vendée; Coercion, Capital and European States; the classic "War Making and State Making as Organized Crime;" and his more recent and lesser-known work, including that on durable inequality, democracy, poverty, economic development, and migration. Together, the collection reveals Tilly’s complex, compelling, and distinctive vision and helps place the contentious politics approach Tilly pioneered with Sidney Tarrow and Doug McAdam into broader context. The editors abridge key texts and, in their introductory essay, situate them within Tilly’s larger opus and contemporary intellectual debates. The chapters serve as guideposts for those who wish to study his work in greater depth or use his methodology to examine the pressing issues of our time. Read together, they provide a road map of Tilly’s work and his contribution to the fields of sociology, political science, history, and international studies. This book belongs in the classroom and in the library of social scientists, political analysts, cultural critics, and activists.

chapter |22 pages


ByErnesto Castañeda, Cathy Lisa Schneider

part I|98 pages

Revolutions and Social Change

chapter 1|25 pages

The Vendée

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 2|6 pages

Strikes in France 1830–1968

The Interplay of Organization, Location, and Industrial Conflict
ByEdward Shorter, Charles Tilly

chapter 3|16 pages

Does Modernization Breed Revolution?

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 4|21 pages

From Mobilization to Revolution

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 5|8 pages

Contentious Performances

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 6|21 pages

Pernicious Postulates

ByCharles Tilly

part II|34 pages

State Making

chapter 7|19 pages

War Making and State Making as Organized Crime

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 8|15 pages

Coercion, Capital, and European States, A.D. 990–1990

ByCharles Tilly

part III|69 pages


chapter 9|13 pages

Democracy Is a Lake

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 10|15 pages

Where Do Rights Come From?

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 11|25 pages

Democratization and De-democratization

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 12|16 pages

Trust and Democratic Rule

ByCharles Tilly

part IV|39 pages

Durable Inequality

chapter 13|24 pages

Durable Inequality

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 14|15 pages

Poverty and the Politics of Exclusion

ByCharles Tilly

part V|39 pages

Political Violence

chapter 15|10 pages

Contentious Conversation

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 16|18 pages

The Politics of Collective Violence

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 17|11 pages

Terror, Terrorism, Terrorists

ByCharles Tilly

part VI|63 pages

Migration, Race, and Ethnicity

chapter 18|21 pages

Transplanted Networks

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 19|16 pages

Social Boundary Mechanisms

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 20|26 pages

From Segregation to Integration

ByCharles Tilly

part VII|14 pages

Narratives and Explanations

chapter 21|14 pages

Why Give Reasons?

ByCharles Tilly

chapter 22|13 pages

Credit, Blame, and Social Life

ByCharles Tilly