The World System: Five Hundred Years or Five Thousand?

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Barry Gills, Andre Gunder Frank
Routledge, Apr 4, 2014 - History - 344 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.

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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

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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


Part II Building blocks of theory and analysis
Part III Using the theory to reanalyze history
500 years or 5000? Discussing the theoretical historical and political issues

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