The principal actor in the world-system is the state. It was conquering European states that imposed world-system structures on the world; and when resistance emerged, it took the form of the colonized peoples appropriating structures of modern European states, demanding the rights of their states to sovereignty. Today, the Third World movements envision a just and democratic world-system that is characterized by mutually respectful commercial and diplomatic relations among sovereign nations, without interference in the internal affairs of states by the imperialist powers.
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