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By Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein's hugely influential, multi-volume opus, The glossy World-System, is one in all this century's maximum works of social technological know-how. An leading edge, panoramic reinterpretation of world historical past, it lines the emergence and improvement of the fashionable international from the 16th to the 20 th century. This new quantity encompasses the 19th century from the innovative period of 1789 to the 1st global conflict. during this an important interval, 3 nice ideologies--conservatism, liberalism, and radicalism--emerged in line with the global cultural transformation that took place whilst the French Revolution legitimized the sovereignty of the folk. Wallerstein tells how capitalists, and nice Britain, introduced relative order to the area and the way liberalism triumphed because the dominant ideology.

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In 1817 she produced 16 million tons of coal compared with eight hundred thousand in France.  . Whatever the modalities of the concentration, one fact stands out: the Manchester group became stronger in the first third of the nineteenth century. But France was not helpless in the face of the British juggernaut. See Johnson (1975, 143–144): Lévy-Leboyer’s “massive deceleration” thesis for the whole Revolutionary-Napoleonic era needs some modification. Still, in 1815, as in 1830, French industry was at a severe competitive disadvantage vis-à-vis the giant across the Channel.

It was less the immediacy of the threat to order than the fear that a serious threat might be in gestation. Clearly, there was an ideological message being conveyed to the urban workers, who were beginning to take too seriously the doctrine of popular sovereignty. The message became more concrete with the notorious Peterloo Massacre of 1818, but from the point of view of the authorities, the events 7.  . ” This was not the case here. ” The government suspended habeas corpus in 1794, prosecuted twelve leading London radicals in May 1794, and in 1794 passed the “Two Acts”—the Seditious Meetings Act (any meeting of more than fifty persons needed the permission of a magistrate) and the Treasonable Practices Act (which forbade even speaking or writing against the Constitution).

It was the realization of this new reality that would give birth to that extraordinary invention of the nineteenth century—the political ideology. In 1789, no one really knew what transferring sovereignty from the monarch to the people really meant. They thought it had something to do with limiting the arbitrary power of the executive authority associated with the concept of an absolute monarch. And so it did, but that done, there was still the need to find a legitimation for the decisions of passing coalitions of sundry political leaders.

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