Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Historical Capitalism with Capitalist Civilization Paperback – November 1, 2011
|New from||Used from|
Featured business titles
Sponsored by McGraw-Hill Learn more.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From the Back Cover
In this short, highly readable book Immanuel Wallerstein provides a condensation of the central ideas of his monumental study of capitalism as an integrated, historical entity: The Modern World-System. In developing an anatomy of capitalism over the past five centuries, Wallerstein traces those elements that have constantly changed and evolved, while giving equal attention to features of historical capitalism that have necessarily remained constant. Particular attention is focused on the emergence and development of a unified world market, and the concomitant international division of labour. Wallerstein argues forcefully, against the current of much contemporary opinion, that capitalism has brought about an actual, not merely relative, immiseration in the countries of the Third World. The economic and social problems of underdeveloped countries will remain unresolved as long as they remain located within a framework of world capitalism. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Immanuel Wallerstein is director of the Fernand Braudel Center at the State University of New York. His books include a three-volume study, The Modern World-System, Historical Capitalism, and, cowritten with Etienne Balibar, Race, Nation, Class.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
Not only the little analysis to be found is a rehash of Marxist topics which (in my humble opinion) have been utterly discredited by reality (the "balance sheet" the book presents, lacking any reference to the data sources, is difficult to understand as more than an expression of the author's phobias and biases), but the predictions of the inminent collapse of capitalist civilization under the weight of its internal contradictions were comically out of whack when the book was originally released (1983), and even more so today, after the collapse of communist regimes (for the author, another expression of the evils of the historical capitalism of the title), the massive improvement in Asia, Africa and Latin America in the average standard of living of the masses and the reversal of the "crime epidemic" of the 70's and 80's in the advanced world. Not that I am myself an acritical fan of capitalism (historical or otherwise), or that I see the world with the rose colored glasses the media presents us with, but I'm afraid such a cartoonish critique as contained in this pamphlet serves more to muddle than to clarify any possible debate about its pros and cons.
Even the original definiton of capitalism the book provides doesn't seem to be that much anchored in historical reality, or to be that useful for a comparison of different systems (given that it includes in its definition of capitalism both the democracies of the USA and Western Europe, the communist regimes of Eastern Europe and China and everything in between, from 1500 to the present day), as with so few pages devoted to such an enormous subject the features common to such diverse systems are necessarily painted with a very broad brush.
So interesting mainly as a documentary of what certain portions of the academic left passed for original thought towards the end of the last century, but of very little use today (or back then, come to think about it).
The structure is that it was put together out of several essays or speeches, so it feels like it lacks a organic whole. Then there is also the fact that it feels like it was written in the early 1980s and then revised fifteen or so years later. Changes are made, but for some of the things they screw up the context of the reader. There is part late in the book where Wallerstein talks about AIDS as an emergent disease, but then not much later is talking about the ramifications of the fall of the Soviet Union. I don’t know, it needed more structure and better clarity of temporal issues for me.
Highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the topic and debate.
Why should an avowed Marxist be disregarded as a source of objective truth? Anyone who understands the implications of Dialectical Materialism, the root philosophy of Marxism, will understand that it is rooted in the belief that TRUTH ITSELF (as most people define it) DOES NOT EXIST. Instead, Marxists define "truth" as ANY information--irregardless of its relation to reality--which has the effect of forwarding human evolution toward a communist utopia. This is an irrefutable fact which can be confirmed by any (non-Marxist) expert in Marxist theory.
It is a pity that any of this needs to be explained. These facts used to virtually be common knowledge among the American public. When is a Communist lying? When his lips are moving or his fingers are typing. Sadly, this is not even hyperbole. I wish it were so.