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Unequal Development: An Essay on the Social Formations of Peripheral Capitalism

Unequal Development: An Essay on the Social Formations of Peripheral Capitalism

By Samir Amin

Monthly Review Press, 1977, 440 pp.

The periphery, not the center, is where the overthrow of an outmoded system begins. The birth of capitalism and its present crisis illustrate this thesis, according to the head of the African Institute for Economic Development (whose larger theoretical work, Accumulation on a World Scale, was noted in Foreign Affairs, July 1975).