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Comment on Alan Wood's "Fire, Water, Earth, and Sky: Global Systems History and the Human Prospect"

Hoffman, Philip T. (2010) Comment on Alan Wood's "Fire, Water, Earth, and Sky: Global Systems History and the Human Prospect". Journal of the Historical Society, 10 (3). pp. 337-344. ISSN 1529-921X. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20160317-133603228

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Abstract

Alan Wood is right to argue that global history needs an organizing framework, and the systems history he proposes has a number of virtues. But it also has a significant weakness-it cannot help historians make causal arguments. There is an alternative framework that does not have this disadvantage- economics-and historians should consider it as well.


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Official Citation:Hoffman, P. T. (2010), Comment on Alan Wood's “Fire, Water, Earth, and Sky: Global Systems History and the Human Prospect”. Journal of The Historical Society, 10: 337–344. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5923.2010.00306.x
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