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Palgrave Macmillan

Global Economic and Cultural Transformation

The Making of World History

ISBN 9781137367778
Publication Date October 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Society today faces multi-dimensional challenges that are hard to define and even harder to deal with. Social and economic systems throughout the world are becoming more complex and interdependent, and globalization is moving beyond the sphere of economics to engulf other aspects of life, particularly culture and security. Our current theories, strategies, and road maps are fast becoming out-dated and no new ones have emerged to take their place.

Mohamed Rabie re-examines the relevance of major ideas and systems of the recent past, including ideology and its relation to society in Global Economic and Cultural Transformation. This book is an attempt defines and explains this transitional period and provides a new conception of economic and societal world history, which us understand how we got here and where we are going.

Mohamed Rabie is Distinguished Professor of International Political Economy at The Rabat School of Governance and Economics, Morocco. He studied in Egypt, Germany and the United States and holds a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Houston, USA. He has taught at several American and Arab universities, including  Georgetown University, USA; The Johns Hopkins University, USA; Kuwait University; and Al Akhawayn University, Morocco. Between 2001 and 2004 he was a Guest Professor at St. Galen University, Switzerland, and between 1998 and 2000 Rabie served as an Academic Advisor to Erfurt University, Germany, and was its US representative.

1. A View of History
2. The Stages of Societal Development
3. The Processes of societal Transformation
4. Societal Transformation
5. Agents of Historical Change
6. Theories of World History
7. The Train of Time
8. Ideology and History
9. Cultural Determinism


"Rabie examines the factors behind the waning of long-established drivers and patterns of socio-historical change, rendered increasingly inadequate by the unipolarization of the world-system and the totalizing pressures of global capitalism. He dissects keenly their combined homogenizing impact on modern political, socioeconomic, cultural, and ideological markers, and suggests in the process novel paradigms for comprehending historical transformations in the age of knowledge-based economies. The result is a highly engaging and erudite analysis of the contemporary condition of Arab and Western societies." - Osama Abi-Mershed, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, USA
"This critical view of history is a most promising intellectual event and an important step toward a better understanding of where we are in our present unresolved debate." - Manfred Stinnes, Lecturer, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
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