The Use and Misuse of Uneven and Combined Development: A Critique of Anievas and Nişancıoğlu

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Aneivas and Nişancıoğlu’s provocative book, How the West Came to Rule, attempts to provide an alternative account of the origins of capitalism to both ‘Political Marxism’ and ‘World-Systems Theory’. By making uneven and combined development a universal dynamic of human history and by utilising a flawed concept of ‘Eurocentrism’, however, they introduce a high degree of causal pluralism into their analysis. Despite important insights into the specific dynamics of different pre-capitalist forms of social labour, their account of the origins of capitalism in How the West Came to Rule suffers from causal indeterminacy and historical inaccuracies.

The Use and Misuse of Uneven and Combined Development: A Critique of Anievas and Nişancıoğlu

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