Comparing Globalizations

Historical and World-Systems Approaches

  • Thomas D. Hall

Part of the World-Systems Evolution and Global Futures book series (WSEGF)

About this book


This work explores essential debates on globalization and world-systems analysis. It begins with a review of theoretical insights from world-systems analysis and explains the evolution of its terminology. The book subsequently seeks to answer several important questions: When did globalization begin and what insights into contemporary globalization may be gained from older forms? How does globalization differ in different places, and how can different instances of globalization be compared? Who is affected by globalization, how are they affected, and how do these effects vary, if at all, over time and space?

As world-systems analysis and studies of globalization require interdisciplinary expertise, the contributing authors draw on many fields, including anthropology, economics, geography, philosophy, political science, sociology, and world history. The book’s overall goal is to facilitate the dialogue between approaches that, at times, seem to “talk at cross-purposes,” and to extend an invitation to scholars from many different areas to explore globalization.


Social Evolution Comparative World-Sstems Analysis Globalization Afro-Eurasia Africa South-East Asia Historical Sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas D. Hall
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyDePauw UniversityGreencastleUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-68218-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-68219-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-0985
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-0993
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