The Modern World-System I: Capitalist Agriculture and the by Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein

By Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein’s hugely influential, multi-volume opus, The glossy World-System, is one in every of this century’s maximum works of social technology. An leading edge, panoramic reinterpretation of worldwide historical past, it lines the emergence and improvement of the trendy global from the 16th to the 20th century.

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In general, in a deep conflict, the eyes of the downtrodden are more acute about the reality of the present. For it is in their interest to perceive correctly in order to expose the hypocrisies of the rulers. They have less interest in ideological deflection. So it was in this case. The nationalists saw the reality in which they lived as a "colonial situation," that is, one in which both their social action and that of the Europeans living side by side with them as administrators, missionaries, teachers, and merchants were determined by the constraints of a single legal and social entity.

But it was different, and new. It was a kind of social system the world has not really known before and which is the distinctive feature of the modern world-system. It is an economic but not a political entity, unlike empires, city-states and nation-states. " It is a "world" system, not because it encompasses the whole world, but because it is larger than any juridically-defined political unit. And it is a "world-economy" because the basic linkage between the parts of the system is economic, although this was reinforced to some extent by cultural links and eventually, as we shall see, by political arrangements and even confederal structures.

Here we have a confused medley of small tradesmen of the town, artisans and peasants. " Industrial Evolution (New York: Holt, 1901), 117-118, In. 23. 1:! D. the trade, but no "intermediate" trade. Carlo Cipolla whose municipal laws, like gives t h i s e x p l a n a l i o n : "A curious m i x t u r e of iimver- those of Cologne and Mainz, are said to serve as salism and particularism dominated the scene. It a model for olher cities, arc spoken of in the same was economically convenient to get precious silk connection as men-atom or nrgotialmT* in other records.

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