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The Structure of World History


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Table of Contents

Translator's Note vii
Author's Preface to the English Translation ix
Preface xiii
Introduction. On Modes of Exchange 1
Part I. Mini World Systems 29
1. The Sedentary Revolution 35
2. The Gift and Magic 50
Part II. World-Empire 57
3. The State 63
4. World Money 81
5. World Empires 104
6. Universal Religions 127
Part III. The Modern World System 157
7. The Modern State 165
8. Industrial Capital 182
9. Nation 209
10. Associationism 228
Part IV. The Present and the Future 265
11. The Stages of Global Capitalism and Repetition 267
12. Toward a World Republic 285
Acknowledgments 309
Notes 311
Bibliography 339

About the Author

Kojin Karatani is an internationally renowned theorist and philosopher. Previously, he was a professor at Hosei University in Tokyo, Kinki University in Osaka, and Columbia University. Among the dozens of books that he has written in Japanese, four have been translated into English: History and Repetition; Transcritique: Kant and Marx; Architecture as Metaphor: Language, Number, Money; and Origins of Modern Japanese Literature, which is also published by Duke University Press.


"Kojin Karatani's last great work, Transcritique: On Kant and Marx, set off a chain of theoretical explosions, Slavoj eiuek's The Parallax View not least among them. This latest book returns to the Borromean knot of Capital-Nation-State from a rotated perspective; privileging modes of exchange over modes of production, it is a revolutionary rethinking of the historical emergence of that triadic structure and its various transformations. The 'Karatani-turn' will no doubt re-start serious debate about the form and future of capitalism." - Joan Copjec, author of Imagine There's No Woman: Ethics and Sublimation

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