Transforming the Revolution


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2009

187 pages

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While the authors' points of agreement are many, so are their points of divergence. In the final chapter, they outline both, and discuss the ways in which these movements are transforming the revolutionary process itself.

Andre Gunder Frank

Andre Gunder Frank (1929-2005) was a German-American economist and historian. He held many teaching appointments in various universities across the world and authored over 40 books in his lifetime.

Giovanni Arrighi

Giovanni Arrighi (1937-2009) was an Italian economist and sociologist. Some of his seminal works include The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times (1994), Chaos and Governance in the Modern World System (1999), and Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century (2007)

Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein (b. 1930) is an American sociologist best known for his 'world-systems' approach to understanding world history which suggests that the world is a system that benefits come countries (the core) by exploiting others (the periphery).

Samir Amin

Samir Amin was born in Cairo, the son of an Egyptian father and a French mother (both medical doctors). He spent his childhood and youth in Port Said; there he attended a French High School, leaving in 1947 with a Baccalauréat. From 1947 to 1957 he studied in Paris, gaining a diploma in political science (1952) before graduating in statistics (1956) and economics (1957). In his autobiography Itinéraire Intellectuel (1990) he wrote that in order to spend a substantial amount of time in "militant action" he could devote only a minimum of time to preparing for his university exams.