The Modern World-System I
Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Illustrations
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It is always difficult to list the immediate sources of ideas and assis-tance— from authors, colleagues, and students — in the conception andwriting of a book, and particularly so in a book that pretends to synthesizeIn the case of this volume the two authors whose voluminous writingsmost immediately inspired me on the path I finally decided to go were...
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Selections from Violet Barbour, Capitalism in Amsterdam in the SeventeenthCentury, appearing on pages 211-214, are reprinted by permission of the Universityof Michigan Press. Copyright 1963 by the University of Michigan Press.Selections appearing on pages 303, 305-306, 315, 317-318,320-322 from JeromeBlum, Lord and Peasant in Russia from the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century (Copy-...
Prologue to the 2011 Edition
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The Modern World-System was published in 1974. It was actually written in1971-1972. I had some difficulty finding a publisher for it. The book wasabout the sixteenth century, and it dealt with a virtually unknown topic: aworld-economy, spelled deliberately with a hyphen. It was long, and it hadan enormous number of substantive footnotes. When it appeared, one less...
INTRODUCTION: ON THE STUDY OF SOCIAL CHANGE
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Figure 1: "The Sack of Rome by Charles V," a woodcut illustrating a book on "ImperialPractices and Prognostication . . ." published in Strassbourg circa 1535. This woodcut cele-brates the event that brought the Holy Father to political dependence on the Holy RomanChange is eternal. Nothing ever changes. Both cliches are "true." Struc-tures are those coral reefs of human relations which have a stable existence...
1. MEDIEVAL PRELUDE
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Figure 2: "The Foxhunt," from Das MitteUilterliche Hausbuch, ink drawing by an anonymousGerman artist, active 1475-1490, known as the Master of the Housebook.In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century, there came into existencewhat we may call a European world-economy. It was not an empire yetit was as spacious as a grand empire and shared some features with it....
2. THE NEW EUROPEAN DIVISION OF LABOR: C. 1450–1640
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Figure 3: "The Negroes having exhausted the metallic veins had to be given work makingsugar." This engraving of a sugar mill in Hispaniola was made in 1595 as part of a seriesbegun by Theodore de Bry, a Flemish engraver, known as Collectiones Peregrinationum, cele-brating the "discoveries" of West and East India. Reproduced by permission of the Rare BookDivision, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations....
3. THE ABSOLUTE MONARCHY AND STATISM
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Figure 4: "The Grand-Duke has the port of Livorno fortified," engraving by Jacques Callotfrom a collection called The Life of Ferdinand I of the Medicis. Ferdinand was Grand-Duke ofTuscany from 1587-1609. The engraving was made between 1614-1620.It is evident that the rise of the absolute monarchy in western Europeis coordinate in time with the emergence of a European world-economy....
4. FROM SEVILLE TO AMSTERDAM: THE FAILURE OF EMPIRE
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Figure 5: "Massacre of the Innocents," oil painting by Pieter Brueghel, the Elder. It waspainted about 1565 as a protest against Spanish atrocities in the Netherlands.The European world-economy in creation was a great prize, and it isunderstandable that men should seek to control it. The route of imperialdomination was the classical route, familiar to the men of the era. Many...
5. THE STRONG CORE-STATES: CLASS-FORMATION AND INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE
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Figure 6: "Two Beggars Fighting," etching by Jacques Bellange, official painter, engraver,and decorator of the Court of Lorraine at Nancy from 1602 to 1616. The etching was madebetween 1612-1617 (Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Rosenwald Collection).One of the persisting themes of the history of the modern world isthe seesaw between "nationalism" and "internationalism." I do not refer...
6. THE EUROPEAN WORLD-ECONOMY: PERIPHERY VERSUS EXTERNAL ARENA
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Figure 7: "The (Dutch) fleet off Mozambique, and the capture of a (Portuguese) carracknear Goa," an illustration from the "Journal of Observations of an East Indian Voyage byCornelis Claeszoon of Purmerent, steersman of the ship Bantam, which sailed in the serviceThe boundaries of an entity defined in political terms are relativelyeasy to ascertain. If we want to know the territory covered by the Chinese...
7. THEORETICAL REPRISE
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Figure 8: "Richmond Palace," or "The Thames at Richmond," an oil painting of the firstquarter of the seventeenth century, done by David Vinckenboons (1578-1629), a Flemishartist who migrated to England and painted on Royal Commissions in the time of both James ITheorizing is not an activity separate from the analysis of empiricaldata. Analyses can only be made in terms of theoretical schema and proposi-...
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Page Count: 440
Publication Year: 2011