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Cores, Peripheries, and Globalization

Edited by Peter Hanns Reill, Balazs A. Szelenyi

Publication Year: 2011

Deals with the intersection of issues associated with globalization and the dynamics of core-periphery relations. It places these debates in a large and vital context asking what the relations between cores and peripheries have in forming our vision of what constitutes globalization and what were and are its possible effects. In this sense the debate on globalization is framed as part of a larger and more crucial discourse that tries to account for the essential dynamics—economic, social, political and cultural—between metropolitan areas and their peripheries.

Published by: Central European University Press

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface and Acknowledgements

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pp. vii

This volume honoring Ivan T. Berend had its origins in a two day conference organized by Robert Brenner, Peter Reill and Balázs Szelényi to celebrate Prof. Berend’s 75th birthday. From there it grew into the present volume after the editors...

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pp. 1-11

Over the past few years, globalization has become an extremely contentious concept, capable of fomenting violent discussion and even political action as the protests and riots at meetings of the World Trade Organization and the European Union have...

Section 1: Origins and Theoretical Discussions of Core-Periphery Relations

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pp. 13-84

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Chapter 1: The Latin American Contribution to Center–Periphery Perspectives: History and Prospect

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pp. 15-42

The analytical framework of center (or core) and periphery, whose parts interact in complementary but unequal ways, has played an important role in the work of Ivan Berend.1 This perspective on the world economy and its component...

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Chapter 2: From Plantation to Plant: Slavery, the Slave Trade, and the Industrial Revolution

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pp. 43-62

The historical role the slave trade played in the advent of industrial capitalism in Western Europe has been the subject of passionate debate, particularly after Eric Williams’s thesis, Capitalism and Slavery, was published...

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Chapter 3: Theories and Realities: What are the Causes of Backwardness?

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pp. 63-72

Ever since the early nineteenth century, when a few West European economies began to progress much faster than others, scholars have posed the question...

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Chapter 4: Development Possible? Possible Developments: A Research Agenda

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pp. 73-84

“Development” has served as a leitmotif of both intellectuals and political movements ever since 1945. What has been meant by the term is a very simple, basic idea. The initial observation is that there is an unequal distribution of wealth...

Section 2: From the European Periphery to the Core and Back

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pp. 85-181

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Chapter 5: Between Center and Periphery

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pp. 87-95

That entry is taken from the Encyclopaedia of Diderot and d’Alembert in 1765, under the heading “Provincial.” But the pejorative implications of the term go back at least to 1669, when Molière’s...

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Chapter 6: Core, Periphery, and Civil Society

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pp. 97-112

Ivan Berend is one of the pioneers of the core–periphery approach, and this essay discusses the uses and limits of this conceptual scheme.1 Although mainly concerned with economic history, this scheme also embraced the realms of culture...

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Chapter 7: Conceptions and Constructions: East Central Europe in Economic History

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pp. 113-125

In recent decades historians have increasingly lost their confidence in the possibility of showing “how it exactly was.” One result is the reflection on the limits of knowledge achieved through the historical study of sources, while a turn towards...

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Chapter 8: Liberal Economic Nationalism in Eastern Europe during the First Wave of Globalization (1860–1914)

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pp. 127-163

For many years, Ivan Berend has shown a great interest in the study of economic nationalism in Eastern Europe.3 In these studies, he has emphasized three characteristics of economic nationalist policies, as summarized in the above quotation...

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Chapter 9: The Rise and the Fall of the Second Bildungsbürgertum

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pp. 165-181

In this paper I distinguish three epochs in the social history of modern intellectuals on the Central and Eastern European periphery. The first epoch, associated with bourgeois-driven modernization in Western Europe, began in the mid...

Section 3: Globalization: Its History, Nature and Problems

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Chapter 10: Globalization, Core, and Periphery in the World Economy of the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Times

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pp. 185-202

A theme as vast in temporal, geographic, and conceptual scope as the one of this article—“Globalization, Core, and Periphery in the World Economy of the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Times”—obviously defies treatment...

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Chapter 11: The Pre-History of Core–Periphery

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pp. 203-232

What I want to consider in this paper is what might be called the prehistory of core–periphery. The problem of core–periphery relations proper concerns the way in which the economic relationships between more developed and less...

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Chapter 12: Globalization and Its Impact on Core–Periphery Relations: Characteristics of Globalization

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pp. 233-253

Globalization is probably the most often used term in social sciences nowadays. Yet historians debate among themselves about the novelty of the phenomenon. According to some, the European economy, even in antiquity, demonstrated...

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Chapter 13: From West European to World Science: Seventeenth–Twentieth Centuries

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pp. 255-270

We live in the information society. The world today rests on the constant transformation of the relations between man and nature (perhaps including human nature itself) by the revolutionary innovations in methods, techniques, and interpretations...

Notes on Contributors

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pp. 271-274

Index of Names and Places

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pp. 275-281

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9786155053030
Print-ISBN-13: 9786155053023

Page Count: 291
Publication Year: 2011