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This was of course enormously simplifying. I had one type of unit rather than units within units. I could explain changes in the sovereign states as consequent upon the evolution and interaction of the world-system. But it was also enormously complicating. I probably only had one instance of this unit in the modern era. Suppose indeed that I was right, that the correct unit of analysis was the world-system, and that sovereign states were to be seen as one kind of organizational structure among others within this single social system.

One last problem in this Sinocentric view of world history was the ambiguous role Frank gave in the whole analysis to India, which seemed sometimes to be included in an Asian-centric world and sometimes to be excluded from a Sinocentric world. A recent book by Amiya Bagchi exposes S2 Andre Gunder Frank, "A Theoretical Introduction to Five Thousand Years of World System History," Remew, XIII, 2, Spring 1990, 155-250. , The World System: 500 Years or5,000? (Lanham, Maryland: Routledge, 1996). " XXII, 3, 1999.

Economic-nature on economie-argent; un pseudo-dilemme," Annales d'hi*'oiresodale, I, 1939, 13-14. Bloch further states: 18 The Modern World-System still provided a certain cultural and even legal coherence to the area. Christianity served as a set of parameters within which social action took place. Feudal Europe was a "civilization," but not a world-system. It would not make sense to conceive of the areas in which feudalism existed as having two economies, a market economy of the towns and a subsistence economy of the rural manors.

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