Daily Archives: August 7, 2019

The Modern World-System I, II, III & IV, Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein’s highly influential, multi-volume opus, The Modern World-System, is one of this century’s greatest works of social science. An innovative, panoramic reinterpretation of global history, it traces the emergence and development of the modern world from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.

The Modern World System I
Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century

The Mondern World System II
Mercantilism and the Consolidation of the European World-Economy, 1600-1750


The Modern World System III
The Second Era of Great Expansion of the Capitalist World-Economy, 1730s-1840s

The Modern World-System IV:
Centrist Liberalism Triumphant, 1789-1914


This new volume (IV) encompasses the nineteenth century from the revolutionary era of 1789 to the First World War. In this crucial period, three great ideologies―conservatism, liberalism, and radicalism―emerged in response to the worldwide cultural transformation that came about when the French Revolution legitimized the sovereignty of the people. Wallerstein tells how capitalists, and Great Britain, brought relative order to the world and how liberalism triumphed as the dominant ideology.

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World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction: Immanuel Wallerstein

In World-Systems Analysis, Immanuel Wallerstein provides a concise and accessible introduction to the comprehensive approach that he pioneered thirty years ago to understanding the history and development of the modern world. Since Wallerstein first developed world-systems analysis, it has become a widely utilized methodology within the historical social sciences and a common point of reference in discussions of globalization. Now, for the first time in one volume, Wallerstein offers a succinct summary of world-systems analysis and a clear outline of the modern world-system, describing the structures of knowledge upon which it is based, its mechanisms, and its future.

Wallerstein explains the defining characteristics of world-systems analysis: its emphasis on world-systems rather than nation-states, on the need to consider historical processes as they unfold over long periods of time, and on combining within a single analytical framework bodies of knowledge usually viewed as distinct from one another—such as history, political science, economics, and sociology. He describes the world-system as a social reality comprised of interconnected nations, firms, households, classes, and identity groups of all kinds. He identifies and highlights the significance of the key moments in the evolution of the modern world-system: the development of a capitalist world-economy in the sixteenth-century, the beginning of two centuries of liberal centrism in the French Revolution of 1789, and the undermining of that centrism in the global revolts of 1968. Intended for general readers, students, and experienced practitioners alike, this book presents a complete overview of world-systems analysis by its original architect.

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UN warns Italy over law fining migrant rescue ships up to €1 million

FRANCE 24 English

Published on Aug 7, 2019

The UN’s refugee agency voiced concern Tuesday over a law approved by Italy’s parliament that imposes stiffer penalties on NGO migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean, demanding that humanitarian work “not be criminalised or stigmatised”.

Trump visit to El Paso ‘not welcome’ in wake of mass shooting

FRANCE 24 English

Published on Aug 7, 2019

Residents in majority-Hispanic El Paso told US President Donald Trump Tuesday to stay away amid fury over his anti-immigration rhetoric as he struggles to unite the country in the wake of mass shootings that killed 31 people.

Rethinking Environmental History: World-System History and Global Environmental Change

Globalization and the Environment – includes works by:

Alf Hornborg, J. R. McNeill, Joan Martinez-Alier, Stephen G. Bunker, William H. Fisher, Rafael A. Gassón, Stefan Giljum, N Thomas Håkansson, Josiah Heyman, J Donald Hughes, Andrew K. Jorgenson, Robert B. Marks, Joan Martinez -Alier, Jason W. Moore Assistant Professor Fernand Braudel Center Binghamton University author of Capitalism in the Web of Life, Roldan Muradian, Janken Myrdal, James Rice, Joseph A. Tainter, Immanuel Wallerstein, Helga Weisz, Mats Widgren, Richard Wilk, Michael Williams

This exciting new reader in environmental history provides a framework for understanding the relations between ecosystems and world-systems over time. Alf Hornborg, J. R. McNeill, and Joan Martinez-Alier have brought together a group of the prominent social scientists, historians, and geographical scientists to provide a historical overview of the ecological dimension of global economic processes. Readers are challenged to integrate studies of the Earth-system with studies of the world-system, and to reconceptualize the relations between human beings and their environment, as well as the challenges of global sustainability.

“What China Will Be Like As A Great Power” : Martin Jacques Keynote (32nd Annual Camden Conference)

Martin Jacques
Published on Mar 26, 2019

Martin Jacques delivered the keynote address at the 32nd Annual Camden Conference in Camden, Maine, US on February 22, 2019. The talk was titled “What China Will Be Like as a Great Power”. Source: https://www.camdenconference.org/2019…

America’s Fundamental Misunderstanding of China | Kishore Mahbubani

Long Now Foundation
Published on May 10, 2018

Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani believes that while the political freedoms in China haven’t increased, the personal freedoms of the Chinese people have. From Kishore Mahbubani’s Long Now Seminar “Has the West Lost it? Can Asia Save It?”: http://longnow.org/seminars/02018/apr…

The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars were started in 02003 to build a compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking; to help nudge civilization toward our goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare.