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The Modern World-System III

The Second Era of Great Expansion of the Capitalist World-Economy, 1730s–1840s

Immanuel Wallerstein

Publication Year: 2011

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.

Published by: University of California Press


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xii

A number of colleagues have consented to give a critical reading to one or more chapters of this hook. Though many of them demur on some major propositions, they each gave me the courtesy of identifying errors or quarreling over emphasis. I thank them each for their valuable assistance ...

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Prologue to the 2011 Edition

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pp. xiii-xviii

There are three controversial questions in my treatment of the period running from 1730 to the 1840s. For many analysts, perhaps the majority, this period represents the great turning point of the modern era, the moment when capitalism as a system, or modernity as a mode of existence, came into being. ...

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1. Industry and Bourgeoisie

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pp. 1-54

We are accustomed to organizing our knowledge around central concepts which take the form of elementary truisms. The rise of industry and the rise of the bourgeoisie or middle classes are two such concepts, bequeathed to us by nineteenth-century historiography and social science to explain the modern world. ...

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2. Struggle in the Core—Phase III: 1763-1815

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pp. 55-126

The Treaty of Paris in 1763 placed Great Britain in an advantageous position to accomplish what it had been seeking to do for a century already—outdistance France decisively at all levels, economically, politically, arid militarily.1 It was not, however, until 1815 that this task was accomplished, and it was not easy. ...

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3. The Incorporation of Vast New Zones into the World-Economy: 1750-1850

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pp. 127-190

In the course of the renewed economic expansion (and monetary inflation) of the period 1733—1817 (more or less), the European world-economy broke the bounds it had created in the long sixteenth century and began to incorporate vast new zones into the effective division of labor it encompassed. ...

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4. The Settler Decolonization of the Americas: 1763-1833

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pp. 191-256

In the middle of the eighteenth century, more than hall the territory of the Americas was, in juridical terms, composed of colonies of European states, primarily of Great Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal. The remaining territory was outside the interstate system of the capitalist world-economy. ...


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pp. 257-352


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pp. 353-372

E-ISBN-13: 9780520948594
Print-ISBN-13: 9780520267596

Page Count: 390
Publication Year: 2011