Synopses & Reviews
"The World System" confronts the idea that historic long term economic interconnectedness did not begin, as some say, 500 years ago, but rather 5,000. The editors have gathered an impressive array of scholars involved in world system analysis, and include both statements and responses to the idea of a "one world system." Contributors such as Immanuel Wallerstein and William H. McNeil take up the various aspects and issues created by these controversial and challenging theories.
"The World System" is addressed to a wide range of disciplines, for whom such a radical thesis may have important implications. The book broadly poses a challenge to Eurocentric world history, and offers a humanocentric alternative analysis.
The historic long term economic interconnections of the world are now universally accepted. The idea of the economic 'world system' advanced by Immanuel Wallerstein has set the period of linkage in the early modern period but Andre Gunder Frank and Barry K. Gills think that this date is much too late. They argue an interconnection going back as much as 5000 years. In The World System, leading academics examine this issue, in a debate contributed to by William H. McNeill and Immanuel Wallerstein among others.