Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein is the director of the Fernand Braudel Center, Binghamton University, and a senior research scholar at Yale. He is the author of many books, including The End of the World as We Know it: Social Science for the 21st Century.

More than a year ago I was invited to speak on ‘Social Science in an Age of Transition’ in Vienna. I was happy to accept. Vienna had a glorious role in the building of world social science, in the era of Traum und Wirklichkeit (1870-1930), especially. It was Freud’s home, until he was forced to flee to London, and also, for an important part of their lives, Schumpeter’s and Polanyi’s, in my view the two most important political economists of the 20th century. It was to this Vienna that I was going.

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