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The Emergence of the Global Political Economy : International Relations and History Series - William Thompson

The Emergence of the Global Political Economy

International Relations and History Series

Paperback Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780415214537
Number Of Pages: 264

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The Emergence of the Global Political Economy challenges the assumption that the international political economy is a recent phenomenon. Instead this volume asserts that the current global political economy began to take shape around 1500 and that some of today's key processes were already perceivable several hundred years ago.
The book explains the interdependence between long-term economic growth, global political leadership and global war and how this interdependence has evolved over the last 500 years, and includes discussion of:
*the ascendence of Western Europe and the significance of the 1490s
*the military superiority thesis
*sequences of leadership and of challenge to the global political economy
*the importance of commodities from sugar and cloth to slaves and bullion
*the Anglo-American rivalry until the First World War.

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction and overviewp. 1
K-waves, leadership cycles, and global war: an orientationp. 3
Evolutionary and coevolutionary considerationsp. 22
The ascendance of western europep. 37
The 1490s: a question of evolutionary (dis)continuity?p. 39
The divergent coevolution of two eurasian regionsp. 54
The military superiority thesisp. 74
The leadership challenge sequencep. 101
The emergence of a challenge processp. 103
Mountains of gold and ironp. 119
Challenges in the active zonep. 134
Structural change and evolutionp. 157
Britain as a system leader in the nineteenth and twentieth centuriesp. 159
The Anglo-American rivalry before World War Ip. 188
Passing the torch in a manner of speaking: the system leader lineagep. 205
Notesp. 222
Referencesp. 233
Indexp. 246
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ISBN: 9780415214537
ISBN-10: 041521453X
Series: International Relations and History Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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