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Published September 2010 | public
Journal Article

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


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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