Civilizations and World Systems: Studying World-Historical Change / Edition 1

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Overview

The grand historical and social theorizing of early in this century-works that conjure up names like Marx, Spengler, Toynbee, and Sorokin-has been out of favor for many years. Only recently have two new schools of research, comparative civilizational studies and world systems analysis, emerged to examine societies in the broadest possible terms. These two intellectual movements have run on parallel tracks, seldom engaging in each other's work-until now! Sanderson invites the leading figures in these two groups-including Wallerstein, MacNeill, Frank, Wilkinson, Chase-Dunn, and Robertson-to compare and contrast their assumptions and conclusions about broad-scale social and historical change. A mixture of newly commissioned work and recently published articles, this book is unmatched as a useful introduction to current thinking about global historical change.
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Perspectives On Political Science
Sanderson has made a notable contribution to the literature by bringing together the pieces included in this book. He has also made a very worthy effort in summarizing each perspective at the beginning of the first two parts and in pointing out basic questions for discussion....It should also fit nicely in reading lists for third-year undergraduate and graduate seminars on world historical change and the contemporary international system.
— Gordon Mace
Perspectives on Political Science - Gordon Mace
Sanderson has made a notable contribution to the literature by bringing together the pieces included in this book. He has also made a very worthy effort in summarizing each perspective at the beginning of the first two parts and in pointing out basic questions for discussion....It should also fit nicely in reading lists for third-year undergraduate and graduate seminars on world historical change and the contemporary international system.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761991052
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
About the Author 11
1 The Nature of Civilizations 25
2 Central Civilization 46
3 A Dialectical Evolutionary Theory of Civilizations, Empires, and Wars 75
4 Cross-World-System Comparisons: Similarities and Differences 109
5 Capital and Power in the Processes of World History 136
6 The Modern World System Revisited: Rereading Braudel and Wallerstein 163
7 Let's Be Frank about World History 195
8 World Cities and World Economic Cycles 206
9 Hold the Tiller Firm: On Method and the Unit of Analysis 239
10 Civilizations are World Systems! 248
11 Expanding World Commercialization: The Link Between World-Systems and Civilizations 261
12 Globalization, World-System Theory, and the Comparative Study of Civilizations: Issues of Theoretical Logic in World-Historical Sociology 273
13 The Rise of the West after Twenty-Five Years 303
Index 321
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