Before European Hegemony

Before European Hegemony : The World System AD 1250-1350

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 460 pages
  • 138 x 198 x 30mm | 662.24g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • illustrations, maps
  • 0195067746
  • 9780195067743
  • 269,012

Review quote

'Abu-Lughod's humanity is evident throughout this work as she describes in personalized yet dignifying prose the variety and commonalty of cultures acorss space and time. This book is both a gem and a landmark study.' Philip McMichael, Cornell University, Theory and Society, 22, 1993show more

About Janet L. Abu Lughod

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

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