The World System: Five Hundred Years Or Five Thousand?

Front Cover
Andre Gunder Frank, Barry Gills, Barry K. Gills
Psychology Press, 1993 - History - 320 pages
The historic long term economic interconnections of the world are now universally accepted. The idea of the economic 'world system' advanced by Immanuel Wallerstein has set the period of linkage in the early modern period but Andre Gunder Frank and Barry K. Gills think that this date is much too late. They argue an interconnection going back as much as 5000 years. In The World System, leading academics examine this issue, in a debate contributed to by William H. McNeill and Immanuel Wallerstein among others.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - pomonomo2003 - LibraryThing

Universal History This collection is really superb! Andre Gunder Frank and Barry K. Gills (henceforth, F/G) argue, against established 'World-Systems' Theory, that there is in reality only one ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - thcson - LibraryThing

The title of this book is exceptionally accurate. The contributors seek to answer one question only: does the validity of their historical theory of capitalism (which they call "world system theory ... Read full review

Contents

THE 5000YEAR WORLD SYSTEM
3
Building blocks of theory and analysis
57
THE CUMULATION OF ACCUMULATION
81
HEGEMONIC TRANSITIONS IN THE WORLD SYSTEM
115
WORLD SYSTEM CYCLES CRISES AND HEGEMONIC
143
TRANSITIONAL IDEOLOGICAL MODES
200
CIVILIZATIONS CORES WORLD ECONOMIES
221
THE ANCIENT WORLDSYSTEMS VERSUS
247
DISCONTINUITIES AND PERSISTENCE
278
WORLD SYSTEM VERSUS WORLDSYSTEMS
292
Index
308
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information