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

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Verso Books, Jan 5, 2009 - Political Science - 432 pages
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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. He examines how recent US attempts to create the first truly global empire were conceived to counter China’s spectacular economic success Now America’s disastrous failure in Iraq has made the People’s Republic of China the true winner in the US War on Terror.
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.
 

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Fascinating (if you can get through the more theoretical economic chapters in the beginning) book on the development of capitalism, the great divergence and the return of China in the 21st century as a leading nation. Read full review

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Contents

List of Figures
Marx in Detroit Smith in Beijing
The Historical Sociology of Adam Smith
Marx Schumpeter and the Endless Accumulation
The Economics of Global Turbulence
Social Dynamics of Global Turbulence
A Crisis of Hegemony
Domination without Hegemony
The Territorial Logic of Historical Capitalism
The World State that Never
The Challenge of Peaceful Ascent
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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