explanation in economic realities. Colonization was but a step on the way to the diffusion of a market economy that requires these attributes and whose result is evaluated as progress. To set aside these works is to condemn ourselves to great ignorance of these processes, just when we most need to understand them. patricia alvarez University of Hawai`i at Mänoa Global Transformations: Politics, Economics, and Culture. By david held, anthony mcgrew, david goldblatt, and jonathan perraton. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999. 515 pp. $29.95 (paper). Global Transformations attempts many things, succeeding at some while failing at others. This book surveys the political, economic, cultural, and environmental dimensions of globalization. David Held and Anthony McGrew have engaged this issue since the 1980s. For this book, they added David Goldblatt to address environmental topics and Jonathan Perraton, an economist, to handle the political economy of globalization. The true success of such a work bringing together many topics is whether the sum proves greater than its many parts. Unfortunately, Global Transformations fails on this score. This ambitious project is undertaken from an international relations perspective. Scholars steeped in the language of political science will be comfortable browsing through this book's 500
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