Immanuel Wallerstein on Going Beyond the State as Unit of Analysis

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'Wallerstein's unit of analysis is of course the modern world-system - as one of many historical world-systems. And as a historical system which has of course temporary boundaries the main questions to ask about it are: how did it begin, how did/does it function, and how does it end; the answers to these questions imply of course a high degree of historicity, as there are no general answers for all world-systems."