The World System: Five Hundred Years or Five Thousand? / Edition 1

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Overview

The historic long-term economic interconnections of the world are now universally accepted. The idea of the 'world system' advanced by Immanuel Wallerstein has set the period of linkage in the early modern period. But some academics think this date is much too late and denies a much longer interconnection going back as much as five thousand years.
Reframing the chronology of the world system exercises powerful influences on the writing of history. It integrates the areas of Asia and the East which were marginalized by Wallerstein into the heart of the debate and provides a much more convincing account of developments which cannot otherwise be explained. It undermines the primacy claimed for Europe as the major agent of economic change, an issue with implications far beyond the realm of history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415150897
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
List of Contributors
Preface
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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