The World System: Five Hundred Years or Five Thousand?

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In the light of a non-Eurocentric perspective, The World System argues for the interconnectedness of historical patterns over 5,000 rather than 500 years. In doing so, the book undermines the primacy claimed for Europe as the major agent of economic change, an

issue with implications far beyond the realm of history. With an important forward by William H. McNeill and contributions by Immanuel Wallerstein and Samir Amin, The World System is now available for the first time in paperback, making sure the arguments are accessible to

students of world history, international relations and a variety of related disciplines.

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Contributors criticize and expand the idea of the world system of economic interconnection first advanced by Immanuel Wallerstein, integrating the areas of Asia and the East into the heart of the debate and arguing that the history of the world system goes back 5,000 years. Topics include hegemonic transitions in the world system, world system cycles, and the ancient world systems versus the modern capitalist world system. Includes a response by Wallerstein. First published in 1993. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415076784
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 The 5,000-Year World System: an Interdisciplinary Introduction 3
2 "Capital" Imperialism and Exploitation in Ancient World Systems 59
3 The Cumulation of Accumulation 81
4 Hegemonic Transitions in the World System 115
5 World System Cycles, Crises, and Hegemonic Shifts, 1700 BC to 1700 AD 143
6 Transitional Ideological Modes: Feudalism, Capitalism, Socialism 200
7 Civilizations, Cores, World Economies, and Oikumenes 221
8 The Ancient World-Systems Versus the Modern Capitalist World-System 247
9 Discontinuities and Persistence: One World System Or a Succession of Systems? 278
10 World System Versus World-Systems: A Critique 292
11 Rejoinder and Conclusions 297
Index 308
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