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One of the most smigh works sdam world economic history I’ve ever read. I think it’s to his credit that arrughi doesn’t try prematurely to paper them over. In the comfortably retrospective position ofit is also, unfortunately, clear that Hu Jintao’s commitment to a ‘New Socialist Countryside’ was quite as likely to be an accident on the capitalist road, as to be a legacy of China’s revolutionary tradition.

Jul 22, Jaime McCauley is currently reading it. Much better than The Great Divergence. Return to Book Page. Julio Primo rated it it was amazing Jul 09, No trivia or quizzes yet.

I really appreciate the theoretical comparison between Adam Smith, best known as the founder of capitalism, and Karl Marx, best known for critiquing capitalism.

The rest of the book is devoted to the ‘transfer of power’ from West to East, which started with the independence movements of the s through the end of the colonial war in Vietnam and Deng Xiaoping’s reforms after His arguments are well-researched and supported, and he utilizes theory in such a way that it isn’t boring or repetitive, which makes it a relatively easy read. This is an excellent book, which along with “The Long Twentieth Century” brilliantly explains the development of capitalism from the days of Genoa, Venice, the Iberian peninsula and the Spanish empire through the Dutch empire and the British empire, to today and the global reach of the U.


His other important book that I’ve read, The Long Twentieth Centuryfocuses on how centers of finance moved throughout history. This shift is important not just from the location, but because the structure and organization of markets in East Asia differs fundamentally from those in Western Europe. However, this still does NOT let Arrighi off the hook for not seeing how far down the road towards capitalism the Chinese state really is. Whereas the markets are largely agrarian and depend on the national population and its wealth, capitalism instead periodically migrate toward ever larger host organisms, leading nations toward expansion at the expense of the ‘optimisation’ of their home-markets.

Like most of Arrighi’s work, this book isn’t an easy read, but the payoff is huge.

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Cleanly written, engaging, and up-to-date. Tugsan rated it really liked it Jun 23, Marx told the truth about capitalism but lied about communism. I doubt that many conservatives will like or understand the way the author sees China as the best current exemplar of Adam Smith and more likely to be economically competitive as a result.

China is poised to kick the U. Prateek Anand rated it it was amazing May 18, Wu Zheng rated it it was amazing May 25, My main problem with the book is how it defines capitalism through the lens of Adam Smith and Braudel. Designing the Decent Society though from a markedly left-wing anti-imperialist, in particular perspective, Arrighi, in the book’s first part, endeavours to salvage Adam Smith from the claims of free-market fundamentalists.


China arrives as a kind of deus ex machina. Ardighi, in Arrighi’s interpretation, he sees the government’s aim as promoting stability and keeping the market running smoothly in the long-term.

Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century

A great read if you want your existing paradigms challenged and set arrigni in new places. Only a hundred pages or so in, give me time to digest In the late eighteenth century, the political economist Adam Smith predicted an eventual equalization of power between the West and the territories it had conquered.

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Trivia About Adam Smith in Bei Includes how the U. There’s a ton to chew on and engage with here; perhaps most problematic is Arrighi’s glossing over of the pskin inequalities and injustices inherent in modern China.

Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century by Giovanni Arrighi

While I disagree with the book, I found it really well-written, fascinating, and deeply hopeful about the world’s future. Sep smiht, Bertrand rated it liked it Shelves: One of the most thought provoking books I’ve read in the last year or so. This is also a problem in the rest of Arrighi’s analysis, but as far as I can tell, it doesn’t break apart the rest of his argument.

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