AP Human Geography : Wallerstein's World Systems Theory

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Wallerstein's World Systems Theory

Wallerstein's World Systems Theory divides countries of the world into three groups based on all of the following EXCEPT __________.

Possible Answers:

Social standing

Economic development

Political power

Population

Technological development

Correct answer:

Population

Explanation:

The World Systems Theory, created by Immanuel Wallerstein, divides countries of the world into three groups based on political power, social standing, and economic and technological development.  The theory does not categorize countries based on population.

Example Question #2 : Wallerstein's World Systems Theory

Wallerstein’s World Systems Theory begins with __________ in the __________.

Possible Answers:

the end of European imperialism . . . mid-twentieth century

the Industrial Revolution . . . mid-nineteenth century

the beginning of European colonialism . . . late fifteenth century

the wave of European imperialism . . . nineteenth century

the Cold War . . . mid-twentieth century

Correct answer:

the beginning of European colonialism . . . late fifteenth century

Explanation:

Wallerstein’s World Systems Theory postulates that the world is one interconnected collection of nations and states that, due to the initial wave of European colonialism in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, is dominated by economic centers in Europe and North America. The World Systems Theory also suggests that interconnectedness is constantly growing.

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