The Rise of the West—or Not? A Revision to Socio-economic History*

  title={The Rise of the West—or Not? A Revision to Socio-economic History*},
  author={Jack A. Goldstone},
  journal={Sociological Theory},
  pages={175 - 194}
  • J. Goldstone
  • Published 1 July 2000
  • History, Economics
  • Sociological Theory
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