Analysis Of Fernand Braudel 's World System Analysis And The Integration Of Secondary Source Material From Across Many Discipline

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Both Wallerstein and Braudel engage in extensive analysis and the integration of secondary source material from across many discipline, but they have different strategies on how to do that. From my broad understanding, Braudel advocates breaking up history into manageable bites, be it time or geographic location, while Wallerstein, although mentions the merits or Braudel’s view, prefers a more global, large view of history. All four of these works, two from Braudel, and two from Wallerstein, can be seen as introductions to their perspective theories. Fernand Braudel’s aim in his work On History, is “to have us (as the reader) accept a structural and conservative social history as opposed to a liberal, flexible, evolutionist sort of history.” Crucially, he states, “I believe that a dialogue could and should be initiated between the different human sciences, sociology, history and economics.” Moving on to Immanuel Wallerstein who simply wishes to explain his ideas in his book World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction. “This is an introduction to world-system analysis. It has no pretention of being a summa. The book seeks to cover the whole range of issues, but no doubt some readers will feel that some things are missing, other things overemphasized, and of course some of my arguments simply wrong. This book intends to be an introduction to a way of thinking and therefore is also an invitation to an open debate.” These works are intended to be a first attempt to explain

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