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The Modern World-System I: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century (Studies in Social Discontinuity)

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This book was written during a year's stay at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Countless authors have sung its praises. Aside from splendid surroundings, unlimited library and secretarial assistance, and a ready supply of varied scholars to consult at a moment's notice, what the center offers is to leave the scholar to his own devices, for good or ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published December 28th 1980 by Academic Press Inc. (first published 1975)
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Marlobo
Brillante trabajo. A mí, leer a Wallerstein me cambió la manera de ver y entender la historia y, consecuentemente el presente. Sin duda, uno de los grandes innovadores de la historiografía del siglo XX.

Wallerstein habla ya en ese momento nada más y nada menos que de globalización y complejidad, palabras e ideas que tardaría casi 20 años más en ser términos corrientes. Y no sólo lo explica con claridad conceptual es notable, sino también con visión crítica.

Se podrá acordar o no con sus posturas,
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Alex
Apr 26, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, capitalism
provides lots of detail about the rise of capitalism in Europe in the "long sixteenth century" (about 1450-1640), as a result of the exploitation of the Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as the emergence of wage-slavery for the domestic population. also interesting is the connection to the emergence of the strong 'nation-state' and how this was both shaped by, and shaped, early capitalism.

a bit dense, too detail-heavy, and at times boring, so there are probably better books out there about thi
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Tim
Dec 16, 2012 Tim rated it liked it
An interesting theory as to the origins of capitalism, but the writing is pretty atrocious and I'm not sure I follow his reasoning (nor am I sure that he follows his own reasoning)
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Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein is a scholar of politics, sociologist, historical social scientist, and world-systems analyst. His bimonthly commentaries on world affairs are syndicated.
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