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Particular attention is focused on the emergence and development of a unified world market, and the concomitant international division of labour. Wallerstein argues forcefully, against the current of much contemporary opinion, that capitalism has brought about an actual, not merely relative, immiseration in the countries of the Third World. The economic and social problems of underdeveloped countries will remain unresolved as long as they remain located within a framework of world capitalism.
Historical Capitalism, with its continuation Capitalist Civilization, is a welcome and stimulating synthesis of one of the most challenging and influential assessments of capitalism as a world-historic mode of production.
|Members of the Commission|
|I||The Historical Construction of the Social Sciences, from the Eighteenth Century to 1945||1|
|II||Debates Within the Social Sciences, 1945 to the Present||33|
|III||What Kind of Social Science Shall We Now Build?||70|
|IV||Conclusion: Restructuring the Social Sciences||94|