INTS 2370 Midterm: Exam 1 SG

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Day 1 3/24
World Systems Theory
1. Core
a. Very rarely, there is a country that dominates all (hegemony or
hegemonic power)
i. United Provinces (Netherlands) (1590-1672)
ii. Great Britain (1815-1870)
iii. USA (1905-2014)
b. (ow come hegemony doesn’t last?
2. Semi-Periphery
a. Mexico
b. Basic food stuff
c. Not refined
d. Not as high-tech
3. Periphery
a. Revolts
b. Not fueled/based on religious problems
c. Trying to change their economic model
i. Pattern: not many models have been changed
1. They don’t change, thus the split core/periphery will
remain
Arab Development Reports
World Bank publish every year for 6-7 years
MENA (Middle East and North Africa)
o Done by Arab analysts
o Failure of college grads to find jobs
Very critical
o Found:
Rural unemployment
High growth rate
Mohammad Bouazizi
Spark that lit the fire to a revolt in Tunesia
Review
William of Orange
Protestantism in 1520
Within Christianity, there should be religious tolerance
MLK of the Dutch
Idea is not to destroy Catholicism
Understood social forces
Not a pacifist, but very selective in use of the military
o Hated torture
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o Tried not to use bad methods against opponents
Weltanschaung
World view (simple term)
Something that takes into consideration economic and non-economic
elements at a certain time
Traditionally the hegemonic power provides this world view for the
whole world
EX: America
o Non-economic
English language lang. of int’l communication
American cinema
o Art, arquitecture, political, culture
EX: Dutch
o Protestantism
o Dutch art
o Dutch currency
o Greatest philosophers are Dutch at time
Evolution of Global capitalism/global market economy
Dutch dynamism
Starts in Italian city states
System goes global
Seems to be impossible for a country to maintain its efficiency edge in
agro-industrial production, commerce, economy simultaneously
From Venice/Genoa to Baltic Sea
Venice is distributing goods from Middle East/Asia into Europe (mostly
into Mediterranean)
o Venice is Mediterranean power, not world power
Key trade was in Lisbon
o Lisbon is too far from Northern areas
o Spanish take over and cut off spice trade
Dutch take over and set up their own system
o All European
o Bypass Lisbon directly and set up direct contacts with Indonesia,
China
System then goes global
o Middle East loses importance because it is no longer a transport
zone
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