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This booklet brings jointly the most influential new study from the world-systems point of view. The authors survey and study new and rising subject matters from a variety of disciplinary views, from political technology to archaeology. each one analytical essay is written in obtainable language in order that the quantity serves as a lucid advent either to the culture of world-systems suggestion and the hot debates which are sparking additional examine this present day.

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Hence, one cannot explain events and processes in Europe by only examining European processes (for more details and maps, see Chase-Dunn and Hall 1997a, chap. 8). Among the puzzles this approach uncovered was that empire size and city size distributions at the western and eastern ends of Eurasia have been linked for two millennia. This, of course, is not news. Frederick Teggart (1918, 1925, 1939) observed this early in the twentieth century. What is puzzling is that there appears to be no linkage to processes in South Asia (see Chase-Dunn and Hall 1995, 1997a, chap.

Both are significant aspects of Canada, but for different reasons—which Laczko explicates. David A. Smith reviews world-systems studies of urbanization. Not surprisingly, he argues that urbanization cannot be understood without careful attention to each urban area’s role in the world-system. As the world-system changes, so do processes of urbanization. Here we have the first example of how social processes in the core work differently from the analogous processes in the periphery. Failure to see these differences from a world-systems perspective has led to a great deal of confusion.

Bergesen and Bartley show us what that might be. These essays exemplify the exciting work being done within a world-systems perspective. Yet they are only a small sample from a large universe. Many puzzles remain to be solved, many preliminary findings require further exploration, many theories need further empirical testing, and many issues need further theoretical development. Still, they illustrate how a world-systems perspective can address culture, gender, race, ethnicity, and states. It is useful to recall Kuhn’s (1970, 1977) criterion for evaluating a paradigm: that it leads us to ask questions that, when answered, tell us more about the world than we knew before we asked them.

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