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Overview

Although the United States is currently the world's only military and economic superpower, the nation's superpower status may not last. The possible futures of the global system and the role of U.S. power are illuminated by careful study of the past. This book addresses the problems of conceptualizing and assessing hegemonic rise and decline in comparative and historical perspective. Several chapters are devoted to the study of hegemony in premodern world-systems. And several chapters scrutinize the contemporary position and trajectory of the United States in the larger world-system in comparison with the rise and decline of earlier great powers, such as the Dutch and British empires.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594510090
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: Political Economy of the World-System Annuals
  • Edition description: v. XXVI b
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Chase-Dunn is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems at the University of California–Riverside. Chase-Dunn is the founder and former editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research and author most recently of Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present (Paradigm 2013).

Jonathan Friedman, University of Lund (Sweden) and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, is the author of Cultural Identity and Global Process (1994).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : hegemonic declines - present and past 1
1 Escaping a closed universe : world-system crisis, regional dynamics, and the rise of Aegean Palatial Society 7
2 Structure, dynamics, and the final collapse of Bronze Age civilizations in the second millennium B.C. 51
3 Plus Ca Change? : on not learning from history 89
4 Dutch hegemony and contemporary globalization 117
5 A perspective on Ottoman decline 135
6 Polanyi's "double movement" : the Belles Epoques of British and U.S. hegemony compared 153
7 Globalization, democratization, and global elite formation in hegemonic cycles : a geopolitical economy 183
8 Indigenous peoples and hegemonic change : threats to sovereignty or opportunities for resistance? 205
9 Terrorism and hegemonic decline 277
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