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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 (first published 1975)
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Eren Buğlalılar
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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It took 2 years for Wallerstein to find a publisher for his masterpiece. Interestingly enough, he was the famous American social scientist Charles Tilly who agreed to publish the piece in his publishing house and primed the bomb.

The book is influenced from a wide range of theories and practices from Marx to Cuban Revolution. To me, its theses mark the victory for his side during the debates between the orthodox and new-left Marxists.

His very insightful theses contrast with his extremely dull s
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Alex
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is a great work of history but I have some caveats. I have very little ill to say about anything actually contained in the volume, it was extremely insightful and as someone trying to develop a Marxist understanding of history it was invaluable work of historical materialism. Wallerstein is phenomenal at developing the concrete relationships and tensions that would drive the leading edge of the ascent of western Europe onto the course that we recognize today. He shows how economic pressures ...more
Sofia Pi
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, sociology
I absolutely loved Wallerstein and his analysis of modern capitalism. I am looking forward to reading the next two volumes.
Emilio Quinto
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Opera straordinaria. Uno dei più importanti saggi storici del Novecento. Unica pecca: è difficile da reperire in italiano
Alex
Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: capitalism, history
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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Marlobo
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: og-non-fiction
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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Kersplebedeb
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Really good arguments, however for someone without the historical background knowledge, the level of detail was overwhelming, and in fact distracting. As were the almost unending endnotes. These are quibbles, and say more about me that about the book i am sure. Still, they made it a lot more difficult to read. Add to that the fact that almost all of the sources are secondary sources, and i am left unsure how convinced i should or should not be by the argument.

That said, obviously, a massively im
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Tim
Dec 16, 2012 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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