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In this important study, Janet Abu-Lughod presents a groundbreaking reinterpretation of global economic evolution and provides a new paradigm for understanding the evolution of world systems by tracing the rise of a system that, at its peak in the opening decades of the fourteenth century, involved a vast region stretching between northwest Europe and China. Writing in a clear and lively style, Abu-Lughod explores the reasons for the eventual decay of this system and the rise of European hegemony. She concludes with a provocative analysis of our current world economy, suggesting that we may be moving towards a pluralistic world similar in important respects to that of the thirteenth century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195067743
ISBN-10: 0195067746
Format: Paperback
(209mm x 137mm x 22mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 11-Jul-1991
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Janet L. Abu Lughod

Janet L. Abu-Lughod is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University (Emeritus)

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