The Longue Duree and World-Systems Analysis

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Richard E. Lee
SUNY Press, May 21, 2012 - Social Science - 291 pages
In his pathbreaking article History and the Social Sciences: The Longue Durée, Fernand Braudel raised a call for the social sciences to overcome their disciplinary isolation from one another. Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the article s publication, the contributors to this volume do not just acknowledge their debt to the past; they also bear witness to how the crisis Braudel recognized a half century ago is no less of a crisis today. The contributions included here, from scholars in history, sociology, and geography, reflect the spirit and practice of the intellectual agenda espoused by Braudel, coming together around the concept of the longue durée. Indeed, they are evidence of how the groundbreaking research originally championed by Braudel has been carried forward in world-systems analysis for a more socially relevant understanding of the planet and its future possibilities. The book concludes with a new translation of Braudel s original article by famed sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein.
 

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Contents

Fernand Braudel the Longue Durée and WorldSystems Analysis
1
The Longue Durée and MicroHistory
9
Braudels Extreme Longue Durée as Generics?
35
The Baltic in the Ecological Revolution of the Long Seventeenth Century
65
The Semiproletarian Household over the Longue Durée of the Modern WorldSystem
97
In the Short Run Are We All Dead? A Political Ecology of the Development Climate
137
The Longue Durée and the Status of Superstructures
161
State Formation in Asia over the Longue Durée 12501700
171
LongTerm Problems for the Longue Durée in the Social Sciences
201
Longue Durée and the Immediate in Braudel and Wallerstein
225
History and the Social Sciences The Longue Durée
241
Index
277
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Richard E. Lee is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the editor of Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, I: Determinism, Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, II: Reductionism, and Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, III: Dualism, all published by SUNY Press, and Life and Times of Cultural Studies: The Politics and Transformation of the Structures of Knowledge. He is also the coeditor, with Immanuel Wallerstein, of Overcoming the Two Cultures: Science versus the Humanities in the Modern World-System.

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