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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (December 21, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415150892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415150897
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,132,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By João on July 28, 2010
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All the works from Andre Gunder Frank are of unmeasurable importance for ours, Latin American people to understand the causes that the general underdevelopment of Latin America and the ways we have to build a future of transformations on the grounds of politics and economy in our countries.

The book show very clearly all the intricate web of interdependences we must to face to accomplish the goals of a real political independence, economic growth and social jusstice.

Amazon should take all devices to provide ourselves with the other works from Frank that are presently unavailable such as LATIN AMERICA FEUDALISM OR CAPITALISM?. THE DEVELOPMENT OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT and others that are included in my WISH LIST.

João Carlos Bezerra de Melo
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
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This is a very good collection of articles on the historic long-term interconnections of global history. It is an attempt to understand human history as a whole by coping with diversity of tongues and concepts that different cultures have used to guide their conduct and understanding of the world. The principal prisms of interpretation are the center-periphery analysis, with a focus on hegemony and rivalry within the structures. The contemporary world has a history of more than 5,000 years with the rise to dominance of Europe and Western civilization as a recent and plausible passing event.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Martin on January 10, 2015
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This collection is really superb! Andre Gunder Frank and Barry K. Gills (henceforth, F/G) argue, against established 'World-Systems' Theory, that there is in reality only one Eurasian 'World System' and that it began several millennia ago. They are here somewhat supported by the distinct positions of Ekholm and Friedman and also the rather separate 'Central Civilization' position of David Wilkinson. Parts I, II, and III lay out the argument while Part IV includes dissenting POV's. Samir Amin and Immanuel Wallerstein dissent the most while Janet Abu-Lughod takes something of an intermediary position. Also, William H. McNeill provides a Foreword that attempts to situate those of us unfamiliar with World Systems Theory.

Lets start with that. The study of History, I mean here in the West, was at first based on the linear vision of Christianity, which overran the more ancient cyclical notions. Then, in the Enlightenment, the notion of the Rise and Fall of Civilization and/or Culture reappeared (Vico, Herder, Gibbon, e.g.). One could say that this was the ancient cyclical view risen from the ashes. Of course, Marxist dialectic and triumphant Liberalism would restore a linear vision of History. But in the Twentieth Century this notion of 'rise and fall' was applied to cultures and civilizations outside Europe and the Mediterranean basin (most famously by Spengler and Toynbee, but there are several others of importance) to all Afro-Eurasia and then the 'New-World'. But, as McNeill points out in his Foreword, "by treating a plurality of civilizations as separate entities this vision of human reality minimized the importance of outside encounters and overlooked transcivilizational processes and relationships. (p. x)" World-Systems Theory is an attempt to correct this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
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This is a very good collection of articles on the historic long-term interconnections of global history. It is an attempt to understand human history as a whole by coping with diversity of tongues and concepts that different cultures have used to guide their conduct and understanding of the world. The principal prisms of interpretation are the center-periphery analysis, with a focus on hegemony and rivalry within the structures. The contemporary world has a history of more than 5,000 years with the rise to dominance of Europe and Western civilization as a recent and plausible passing event.
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