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Hegemonic Decline: Present and Past / Edition 1

Hegemonic Decline: Present and Past / Edition 1

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The US is currently the only economic and military superpower, and yet there are many signs this hegemony may not last, including significant economic challenges from other nations and groups of nations, widespread disagreement with US military and diplomatic policies, terrorist attacks, and discontent with US-style corporate globalization. Yet how does one conceptualize and assess these signs in comparison to those of other times? In these nine articles, contributors examine the elaborate and perhaps dead-end paths to a modern world system, a series of comparisons of Dutch, Ottoman and British declines in hegemony to those apparently being faced by the US, and the issues wrought by indigenous people and terrorists in hegemony and their influence in its decline. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594510090
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/2005
Series: Political Economy of the World-System Annuals Series
Edition description: v. XXVI b
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Christopher Chase-Dunn is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems at the University of California–Riverside. Chase-Dunn is the founder and former editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research and author most recently of Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present (Paradigm 2013).

Jonathan Friedman, University of Lund (Sweden) and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, is the author of Cultural Identity and Global Process (1994).

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesvii
Introduction: Hegemonic Declines-Present and Past1
Part IOn the Way to the Modern World-System
1Escaping a Closed Universe: World-System Crisis, Regional Dynamics, and the Rise of Aegean Palatial Society7
2Structure, Dynamics, and the Final Collapse of Bronze Age Civilizations in the Second Millennium B.C.51
3Plus Ca Change? On Not Learning from History89
Part IIComparing Modern Hegemonic Declines
4Dutch Hegemony and Contemporary Globalization117
5A Perspective on Ottoman Decline135
6Polanyi's "Double Movement": The Belles Epoques of British and U.S. Hegemony Compared153
7Globalization, Democratization, and Global Elite Formation in Hegemonic Cycles: A Geopolitical Economy183
Part IIIHegemonic Decline and Resistance
8Indigenous Peoples and Hegemonic Change: Threats to Sovereignty or Opportunities for Resistance?205
9Terrorism and Hegemonic Decline227
About the Contributors253
Series List255

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