Review: The Long Twentieth Century – Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times

4 Star, America (Founders, Current Situation), Capitalism (Good & Bad)
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Giovanni Arrighi

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This review is from: The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times (New and Updated Edition) (Paperback)

I wish I could afford all the books I’d like to read. This one was recommended to me and I can certainly see how valuable it must be.

Here are just a few books that I believe strongly complement this one.

The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy
The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism
The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, Revised and Updated 5th Anniversary Edition: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits
Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History
The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash

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Review (Guest): The Long Twentieth Century – Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times

4 Star, America (Founders, Current Situation), Capitalism (Good & Bad)
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Giovanni Arrighi

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Winner of the American Sociological Association PEWS Award for Distinguished Scholarship: a comprehensive analysis of the development of world capitalism over the millennium.

The Long Twentieth Century traces the relationship between capital accumulation and state formation over a 700-year period. Arrighi argues that capitalism has unfolded as a succession of “long centuries,” each of which produced a new world power that secured control over an expanding world-economic space. Examining the changing fortunes of Florentine, Venetian, Genoese, Dutch, English and finally American capitalism, Arrighi concludes with an examination of the forces that have shaped and are now poised to undermine America’s world dominance. A masterpiece of historical sociology, The Long Twentieth Century rivals in scope and ambition contemporary classics by Perry Anderson, Charles Tilly and Michael Mann.

4.0 out of 5 stars The History of Capitalism,September 7, 2010

By  Joseph Martin “pomonomo2003” (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Why is this edition “new and updated”? Apparently, because of the 15 page Postscript at the end of the book (pp. 371-386). (I had read the first edition back when it first came out in the nineties but no longer seem to have a copy of it so I cannot compare the earlier edition with this one.) Here in the Postscript Arrighi attempts to sum up what he understands were the three main propositions of his book.

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Review (Guest): Adam Smith in Beijing–Lineages of the Twenty-First Century

4 Star, Capitalism (Good & Bad), Complexity & Resilience, Country/Regional, Economics, Future, History, Threats (Emerging & Perennial), Water, Energy, Oil, Scarcity
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REVIEW (Guest) by By Malvin

Historical perspective on China’s ascent,
December 19, 2007

Giovanni Arrighi

“Adam Smith in Beijing” by Giovanni Arrighi delivers a sophisticated history and analysis of the rise of the Asian economy. Displaying a deep knowledge of world history including novel insights into the works of Adam Smith and Karl Marx, Mr. Arrighi helps us understand why China’s ascent has arrived at the moment when the dream of a single world capitalist state as conceived and championed by the U.S. has failed. Impeccably researched and cogently written, this accessible book succeeds in providing historical perspective on how China has come to be a key player on the world stage.