World-Systems Theory is based on the work of Karl Marx and made into a developed set of ideas by Immanuel Wallerstein.
World-Systems Theory shows that capitalism is not just an economic system bounded by national borders highlighting class inequality. Rather, capitalism must be seen as involving relationships among nations and these relationships are based on inequality.
Those nations which developed capitalistic economies early then went on to dominate other nations through colonization or simply through linking the economies of the nations in ways that favored the more dominant nation and placed the others into a condition of dependency on the dominant nation. This state of dependency tended to hamper the development of the other economies.
The world-system perspective, indebted to Marxism, views capitalism as the engine of development in the modern era, and sees societies as bearing at least a peripheral relationship to capitalist expansion.
and the World-System (Contributions in Economics and Economic History)
Integrating environmental and world-systems analyses in chapters ranging from the ancient to the contemporary, from the global to the local, from West to East, and from North to South, this book is the first collection to analyze environmental issues from the world-systems perspective. Early chapters diagnose the increasing environmental threats to global sustainability and suggest ways to arrive at an integrated theoretical understanding of those threats.
Theory and Practice - American Anthropological Association P. Nick Kardulias
Issues in the 21st Century World-System
System History: The Social Science of Long-Term Change
World Cities in a World-System - Paul L. Knox, Peter J. Taylor (Editors) - "The accessibility of the text and the compactness of the chapters make it a useful and lively textbook for graduate students in urban studies and planning as well as in courses that focus on the global dimensions of geography, political economy and sociology....World Cities in a World System makes available an important set of readings for planners and students of planning who are interested in the future shape of the public sector and the public's participation in setting urban agendas." Gerald Sussman, JAPA Journal
Geopolitics : Political Projects in a Changing World-System
Historical Evolution of World-Systems (Evolutionary Processes in World Politics) -
Edition - February 19, 2005 - Christopher Chase-Dunn (Editor), E. N. Anderson
(Editor) - The work will be of interest to historical and comparative scholars concerned
with the established issues of world-systems thinking.
An Introduction to the World-System Perspective Thomas R. Shannon - World-system theory grew out of a dissatisfaction with more conservative development theories which saw the sources of all societies within the societies themselves. The world-system perspective, heavily indebted to Marxism, views capitalism as the engine of development in the modern era, and sees all societies as bearing at least a peripheral relationship to capitalist expansion. This excellent undergraduate text describes the history, structure, and dynamics of the world-system. Shannon both presents and critiques world-system theory in an easy-to-read style.
The World System: Five Hundred Years of Five Thousand? - by Andre Gunder Frank, Barry K. Gills - In the light of a non-Eurocentric perspective, The World System argues for the interconnectedness of historical patterns over 5,000 rather than 500 years. In doing so, the book undermines the primacy claimed for Europe as the major agent of economic change, an issue with implications far beyond the realm of history. With an important forward by William H. McNeill and contributions by Immanuel Wallerstein and Samir Amin, The World System is now available for the first time in paperback, making sure the arguments are accessible to students of world history, international relations and a variety of related disciplines.
Space and Transport in the World-System by Paul S. Ciccantell (Editor), Stephen G. Bunker (Editor) - Key metaphors in world-system analysis are profoundly spatial, but there have been few attempts to understand how space, location, and topography affect world-system organization and process. To fill this gap, this book examines case studies of the restructuring of space and transport in core, semiperipheral, and peripheral economies.