Civilizations and World Systems: Studying World-historical Change

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Rowman Altamira, 1995 - History - 324 pages
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The grand historical and social theorizing of early in this century works that conjure up names like Marx, Spengler, Toynbee, and Sorokin has been out of favor for many years. Only recently have two new schools of research, comparative civilizational studies and world systems analysis, emerged to examine societies in the broadest possible terms. These two intellectual movements have run on parallel tracks, seldom engaging in each other's work until now! Sanderson invites the leading figures in these two groups including Wallerstein, MacNeill, Frank, Wilkinson, Chase-Dunn, and Robertson to compare and contrast their assumptions and conclusions about broad-scale social and historical change. A mixture of newly commissioned work and recently published articles, this book is unmatched as a useful introduction to current thinking about global historical change."
 

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Contents

CIVILIZATIONAL APPROACHES TO WORLDHISTORICAL CHANGE
15
The Nature of Civilizations
25
Central Civilization
46
A Dialectical Evolutionary Theory of Civilizations Empires and Wars
75
WORLD SYSTEM APPROACHES TO WORLDHISTORICAL CHANGE
95
CrossWorldSystem Comparisons Similarities and Differences
109
Capital and Power in the Processes of World History
136
The Modern World System Revisited Rereading Braudel and Wallerstein
163
CIVILIZATIONS AND WORLD SYSTEMS DIALOGUE AND INTERPLAY
229
Hold the Tiller Firm On Method and the Unit of Analysis
239
Civilizations Are World Systems
248
Expanding World Commercialization The Link Between WorldSystems and Civilizations
261
Globalization WorldSystem Theory and the Comparative Study of Civilizations Issues of Theoretical Logic in WorldHistorical Sociology
273
EPILOGUE
301
The Rise of the West After TwentyFive Years
303
Index
321

Lets Be Frank About World History
195
World Cities and World Economic Cycles
206

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