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The Origins of Capitalism and the Rise of the West by Eric H. Mielants
  

The Origins of Capitalism and the Rise of the West

Synopsis

The Origins of Capitalism and the Rise of the West by Eric H. Mielants

Provides a fresh, interdisciplinary interpretation of the origins of modernity in general and of capitalism in particular

Reviews

A major contribution to the worldwide debate on the origins of the modern world. It is controversial, encompassing in its survey of the data and the literature, and bound to be included in all further discussions. Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University The strength of this book is its careful comparisons among regions and the strong effort to overcome the Eurocentrism that has undeniably been a great plague on our efforts to comprehend and explain the rise of the West. Christopher Chase-Dunn, Department of Sociology, University of California, Riverside Mielants has pulled together a vast mass of material and challenges hypotheses that have been in danger of being repeated as unquestionable dogmas in some circles. International Socialism Overall, Mielants
timely book offers a well

-thought argument that bucks a popular, ahistorical trend locating the 'rise of Europe
in very specific conditions that emerged only in the 18th or even the 19th century. Summing Up: Essential

. Choice Overall, this is an erudite and concise argument that marshals a massive literature in its defense. The book will appeal to a wide range of substantive interests due to its multi-regional comparative and historical analysis. And regardless of your willingness to agree with Mielants's thesis, you will undoubtedly find it thought provoking... While this is certainly not the last word in this ongoing discussion, it is a worthy entry nonetheless. The International Journal of Comparative Sociology Mielants makes a noteworthy contribution to the transition debate and more broadly to the historical sociology literature. - March 2009 issue of Contemporary Sociology [A]n important contribution both to world history and to world-systems analysis... Mielants is able to clear a relatively novel path by assembling a holistic and coherent account that challenges some of them prevailing wisdom regarding why, how, and when capitalism emerged in Europe. In doing so, he provides an intriguing explanation of why Europe ultimately gained ascendance in the world-system. - Journal of World-Systems Research Volume XV, Number 1, 2009 This small book, on a very big topic, makes a substantial contribution to the debates on which elements of European society were crucial to its later economic and military might... One of the major assets of this book is that despite its brief length, it fully engages in comparisons of European history with developments in North Africa, China and south Asia... Mielants has given us a deeply informed and important new twist on old arguments about the role of merchants and cities in the origins of capitalism. It is an argument that deserves attention and should provoke fruitful debates. The British Journal of Sociology, Summer 2009 This is a very good book...[Mielants'] documentation is extremely impressive... Mielants's study will be very useful for those who have an interest in understanding the variation in long-term path dependencies of the socio-political-economic configurations of capitalist societies... The cross-disciplinary breadth and range of geographical knowledge of [the] author [is] quite remarkable...highly recommended for scholars interested in the most recent explanations for the development of Western capitalism. Perspectives on Politics, September 2009


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Publication date

25th March 2008

Author

Eric H. Mielants

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Publisher

Temple University Press,U.S.

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Economic history

ISBN

9781592135769

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