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A succinct introduction to the history of capitalism by the renowned political theorist.

In this short, highly readable book, the master of world-systems theory provides a succinct anatomy of capitalism over the past five hundred years. Considering the way capitalism has changed and evolved over the centuries, and what has remained constant, he outlines its chief characteristics. In particular, he looks at the emergence and development of a ...
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Historical Capitalism

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Overview

A succinct introduction to the history of capitalism by the renowned political theorist.

In this short, highly readable book, the master of world-systems theory provides a succinct anatomy of capitalism over the past five hundred years. Considering the way capitalism has changed and evolved over the centuries, and what has remained constant, he outlines its chief characteristics. In particular, he looks at the emergence and development of a world market, and of labor; in doing so, he argues that capitalism has brought about immiseration in the Global South. As long as they remain within a framework of world capitalism, Wallerstein concludes, the economic and social problems of developing countries will remain unresolved.

Historical Capitalism, published here with its companion essay Capitalist Civilization, is a concise, compelling beginners’ guide to one of the most challenging and influential assessments of capitalism as a world-historic mode of production.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844678358
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,251,087
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Immanuel Wallerstein is director of the Fernand Braudel Center at the State University of New York. His books include a three-volume study, The Modern World-System, Historical Capitalism, and, cowritten with Etienne Balibar, Race, Nation, Class.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
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
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