Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350

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Oxford University Press, 21 feb 1991 - 462 pagine
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In this important study, Abu-Lughod presents a groundbreaking reinterpretation of global economic evolution, arguing that the modern world economy had its roots not in the sixteenth century, as is widely supposed, but in the thirteenth century economy--a system far different from the European world system which emerged from it. Using the city as the working unit of analysis, Before European Hegemony 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 14th 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.
 

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The Eurasian continent consisted of multiple overlapping regional networks of trade, stretching from Europe to China. Europe was by no means predominant at this time, just a periphery in this broader ... Leggi recensione completa

Indice

Introduction
3
The European Subsystem
41
The Mideast Heartland
135
Asia
249
Conclusion
352
Bibliography
374
Index
429
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Janet L. Abu-Lughod is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University (Emeritus)

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