Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350 / Edition 1

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Overview

In this important study, Abu-Lughod presents a groundbreaking reinterpretation of global economic evolution, arguing that the modern world economy had its roots not in the sixteenth century, as is widely supposed, but in the thirteenth century economy—a system far different from the European world system which emerged from it. Using the city as the working unit of analysis, Before European Hegemony provides a new paradigm for understanding the evolution of world systems by tracing the rise of a system that, at its peak in the opening decades of the 14th century, involved a vast region stretching between northwest Europe and China. Writing in a clear and lively style, Abu-Lughod explores the reasons for the eventual decay of this system and the rise of European hegemony.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A provocative, well-researched, imaginative book."—Contemporary Sociology

"A useful and stimulating economic history that juxtaposes data from many different regions....The book should prove useful and popular in world history courses."—American Historical Review

"An important work in historical sociology."—Science & Society

"A beautifully written work, whose scope is comparable to those of Immanuel Wallerstein and Fernand Braudel."—American Sociological Association

"World history at its best, combining breadth and depth, pattern with detail....A first-class contribution that will become a major reference point in future scholarship."—American Journal of Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195067743
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 371,855
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet L. Abu-Lughod is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University (Emeritus)

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