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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Ly Pham rated it did not like it Jul 19, Nightocelot rated it did not like it Jun 26, Rob Shurmer marked it as to-read Nov 05, Brian marked it as to-read Nov 27, Jonathan marked it as to-read Dec 04, Gabriel Jones marked it as to-read Dec 31, Like most of Arrighi's work, this book isn't an easy read, but the payoff is huge.
Whether or not you agree with his assessment of China's development politics, I'd recommend this book just for the way it lays out, in full world-historical detail, the decline of American economic and political power on the globe. Kate marked it as to-read Jun 24, Sara-Maria Sorentino marked it as to-read Jun 27, Tim rated it really liked it Jun 27, Herbert Falk added it Aug 30, Aaron rated it it was amazing Nov 23, Whodunnit marked it as to-read Dec 14, Roberto Bianco rated it it was amazing Dec 15, Juliango added it Dec 16, My main problem with the book is how it defines capitalism through the lens of Adam Smith and Braudel.
Arrighi dismisses Marx and wage-labor as the root of capitalism. He stresses the role of the state in building the market and the historical Chinese state's role in limiting the market and full blown capitalism. I do give credit to Arrighi for being positive about China's growth and partially progressive nature, while other leftists have totally dismissed China without a very deep understanding of the country or culture.
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. The state may still own the land but the system of selling leases mimics capitalist land ownership.
For me the real question is will the current reforms in land tenure lead to greater concentration of wealth as well as lead the way to a total establishment of capitalism. While I disagree with the book, I found it really well-written, fascinating, and deeply hopeful about the world's future.
Cleanly written, engaging, and up-to-date. Much better than The Great Divergence. Includes how the U. Had we maintained our alliances that we established with the invasion of Afghanistan, it would have been a similar power dynamic to Prussia. But we overextended ourselves and now China is ready for its peaceful assent.
It will be interesting to see how such a populous country is able to increase its standard of living whe Cleanly written, engaging, and up-to-date. It will be interesting to see how such a populous country is able to increase its standard of living when the U.
Are China and the endless accumulation of capital required by the capitalist world system compatible? Sudhir Mahadevan rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Riley added it May 29, Jerry rated it liked it Jun 21, Extraordinarily novel insights into the emerging 21st century through the lens and vision of Adam Smith and Karl Marx. Seems to well exemplify the s Russian joke: 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. I am not sure I fully accept this analysis but it is a strong wake up call to the Extraordinarily novel insights into the emerging 21st century through the lens and vision of Adam Smith and Karl Marx.
I am not sure I fully accept this analysis but it is a strong wake up call to the USA to become economically more competitive, get rid of its debt mountain, learn to save, grow its manufacturing base on a hi tech competitive basis, reform its education system back to hard science, math and engineering and all those absolutely unlikely actions that conservatives are sleep walking away from and liberals probably don't get.
A great read if you want your existing paradigms challenged and set down in new places. But don't bother to read it if your mind is cast in stone, you are data averse, and paradigm locked in. Josh marked it as to-read Jul 15, Kate marked it as to-read Jul 17, Patricio marked it as to-read Jul 19, It's deep, but not the easiest read. I really appreciate the theoretical comparison between Adam Smith, best known as the founder of capitalism, and Karl Marx, best known for critiquing capitalism.
Only a hundred pages or so in, give me time to digest Kate Perkins rated it really liked it Aug 23, Menser marked it as to-read Sep 27, Amine marked it as to-read Oct 03, Megan Kaminski rated it it was amazing Oct 26, Maya marked it as to-read Nov 01, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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Adam Smith en Pekín (Cuestiones de antagonismo)
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. In this magisterial new work, Giovanni Arrighi shows how China's extraordinary rise invites us to reassess radically the conventional reading of The Wealth of Nations. China may soon become again the kind of noncapitalist market economy that Smith described, an event that will reconfigure world trade and the global balance of power. Together they constitute a stunning work of world history with theoretical and political intent whose intellectual roots lie in a mix of radical historiographical traditions. Arrighi argues his case in great detail — using an elaborate exegesis of The Wealth of Nations , which will send many readers back to that text in amazement.
Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century