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READER ✓ DOC Historical Capitalism ¼ HANNAHREDHEAD è 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 centuriesHistorical capitalism that have necessarily remained constantParticular 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 I understand they're supposed to be somewhat readable essays detailing 500 years of history but I felt like Wallerstein makes a lot of grand claims that would reuire entire books of their own to explore for example that sexism wasn't really institutionalized until capitalism I'm sympathetic to a lot of these claims which is why I was frustrated that there weren't any further sources to explore or even many historical examples either of which would have helped his argumentation greatly I don't think name dropping someone's work or providing an occasional historical example would be hard to do and would make it even readableIt also doesn't help that the few concrete examples he provides seem pretty dated by modern standards and seem to reveal flaws in the analytical techniue of these historical examples show us what capitalism is rather than capitalism is this here's some supporting argumentation in the form of historical examples The Balance Sheet Chapter is especially bad In the section The uality of Individual Life he discusses how the uestion of capitalism's record on improvement of material well being is somewhat ambiguous as people in America have carswhatever but people in ChinaIndia may only have one radio for their entire village This is obviously not true today and while I think Wallerstein would probably counter that people in other parts of the world have been taken into the periphery that wasn't uite his argument in the text When relating to the absolute level of wealth he says We may well have reached the top of the curve for the bottom 50 to 80 percent which would cause me to reluctantly say that PinkerGateset al may have a point It's obviously easy to dunk on the wrong predictions of a book written 40 years ago especially as some predictions like his outlying of the possibility of lots of boat people in the medium future ring very true Still I think it reveals the strengths of the logico deductive analyses which Wallerstein dismisses in the introduction I have the 2011 Verso edition I feel like they may have supplanted what frustrated me about this book
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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 Historical Capitalism with its continuation Capitalist Civilization is a welcome and stimulating synthesis of one of the most challenging and influential assessments of capitalism as a world historic mode of productio i am forever indebted to him
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Historical CapitalismIn 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 eual attention to features of The author seems to share Marx's prophecy that contradictions inherent in the functioning of capitalism will inexorably tear the system apart in a structural crisis though he is not convinced that the crisis will necessarily culminate into a classless egalitarian society He also believes that past anti systemic struggles around the globe not only failed to dismantle capitalism but actually reinforced the status uo to the extent that their ultimate strategy seizure of state power was effectively determined by the interstate system itself an instrument of capitalism However the collapse of capitalism will no doubt open up a space for utopian projects of various forms to assert themselves So for those among us who are still audacious enough to defend the communist hypothesis the uestion is not so much one of whether capitalism is here to stay the answer is no if you follow Wallerstein but of whether in the aftermath of capitalism's collapse we can come to a consensus on the form of a society that should take its place In the best and the worst of times can we bring ourselves to act on our convictions?