The Uneven and Combined Development of Global Capitalism: Debating How the West Came to Rule

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This article is an introduction to the Symposium on Alexander Anievas and Kerem Nişancıoğlu’s How the West Came to Rule (2015). It summarises the main arguments of the book, as well as the critiques levied by the contributors to the Symposium.

The Uneven and Combined Development of Global Capitalism: Debating How the West Came to Rule

in Historical Materialism



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