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W. G. R. TRINITY, COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE MAY, 1996 Page 1 Chapter One Introduction: The Case of Twentieth-Century England The Uniqueness of the Case §1. In the theory of social selection, no one society is privileged for study any more than any one species in the theory of natural selection. All societies have their distinctive modes and sub-types of production, persuasion, and coercion. When they evolve (as they all do, sooner or later) out of one into another, it is because the practices defining the earlier one have been displaced by mutant practices which confer greater competitive advantage on the roles which carry them in their changed ecological, demographic, and institutional environment.
At the same time, I am aware that since volume I was written the notion that there are such things as sociological facts whose explanation can be intersubjectively established has, as it periodically does, become the target of a fresh wave of sceptical and relativist attacks. But 'post-modernism', ironically and therefore appropriately, exemplifies one of the central themes of volume I. If objectivity is unattainable, the doctrines of 'post-modernism' can carry no more conviction than those which it claims to subvert.
But whatever the reservations of a minority of intellectuals, the consciousness that England had won all its major wars except one, had made itself the 'workshop of the world', had preserved its freedom from 'despotism', and had diffused its influence throughout an empire out of all proportion to its apparent strength could not fail to generate a sense of collective self-esteem transcending divisions of region, religion, and class. Indeed, it could hardly be questioned that it had been a remarkable history.