The Growth of the World System

  title={The Growth of the World System},
  author={Arthur L. Stinchcombe},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1389 - 1395}
  • A. Stinchcombe
  • Published 1 May 1982
  • Economics
  • American Journal of Sociology
I do not think this book is very good. But it does not explain what it is trying to do, and so does not generate standards internally according to which I can judge it to have fallen short. I will therefore consider it successively as a sociological monograph urging a theoretical argument, as a history of the 17th and early 18th century, and as a source book and guide to the literature on economic history. I will argue that it is not very good by the standards generated by any of these three… 

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