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Apr 23, Stas marked it as to-read. For the bulk of it, Arrighi makes an extremely convincing case that our country is in the midst of its terminal crisis as global capitalist hegemon. 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. Giovanni Arrighi 18 March Be the first to ask a question about Adam Smith in Beijing.
Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century by Giovanni Arrighi
The Premises of Hobson’s Definition. Esra Atici rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Arrighi here turns to Adam Smith to help theorize a market-based form of development that is nonetheless non-capitalist. His other important book that I’ve read, The Long Twentieth Centuryfocuses on how centers of finance moved throughout history. 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.
Oct 31, Joe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Whereas the markets are largely agrarian and depend on the national population and its pekim, capitalism instead periodically migrate toward ever larger host organisms, leading nations toward expansion at the expense of the ‘optimisation’ of their home-markets.
Cleanly written, engaging, and up-to-date. This, however, does not make for an easy read: Efad rated it it was ok Sep 20, Published ten years ago, when the Iraq fiasco was still fairly fresh, its analysis has been well substantiated by the intervening decade.
As consumerism takes control throughout the layers of Chinese society, it also seems unclear how long the benefits of its ‘industrious arrigyi will last.
In Praise of Disobedience. Adam Smith in Beijing: The book is at least as much about the US as China.
Adam Smith en Pekín by Giovanni Arrighi (1 star ratings)
Published ten years ago, when the Iraq fiasco was still fairly fresh, its analysis has b Truly fascinating. Arrighi’s book ends with smitb discussion of the housing bubble, and if the author had lived a few months longer, I suspect he would have added an ‘I told you so!
But we overextended ourselves and now China is ready for its peaceful assent.
Having since started reading The Wealth of Nations, Dmith find it very difficult to interpret Smith’s prescriptions as anything but a precursor of taylorism. 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.
Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century
The economic section of the second part concerned with the downfall peki US authority was particularly difficult, and aside from the urgent realisation that I needed to upgrade my understanding of financial and fiscal history, I am not sure I have gotten much out of it. In the 21st century, China may well become again the kind of noncapitalist market economy that Smith described, under totally different domestic and world-historical conditions.
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China’s developmental path, which he reads in an extended historical context, he takes to reflect smih more accurately than Britain did in the XIXth century, the prescriptions of Adam Smith. But don’t bother to read it if your mind is cast in stone, you are data averse, and paradigm locked in. To ask other readers questions about Adam Smith in Beijingplease sign up.
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ppekin Bush’s invasion permanently destabilized the Middle East, letting loose a chaos that continues to spiral and threatens to engulf the globe. Published November 17th by Verso first arrjghi September 1st There’s a ton to chew on and engage with here; perhaps most problematic is Arrighi’s glossing over of the deep inequalities and injustices inherent in modern China.
No trivia or quizzes yet. Marx told the truth about capitalism but lied about communism. Apr 25, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Rather, Deng Xiaoping built on and consolidated Mao’s achievements.
It will be interesting to see how such a populous country is able to increase its standard of living when the U. Arrighi engages deeply afam a huge variety of economists, political scientists, sociologists, IR theorists, and other thinkers – Adam Ne, Karl Marx, Joseph Schumpeter, Robert Brenner, David Harvey, John Mearshimer, Charles Tilly, Fernand Braudel, Kaoru Sugihara, to name just a arrithi and the influence of Andre Gunder Frank is everywhere even if largely unmentioned – in fleshing out his argument developing on his previous One of the most ambitious works of world economic history I’ve ever read.
Finally, a contention I am sure a more competent reader would be easily able to dispel, I was surprised by Arrighi’s insistence on Smith as an apostle of the social as opposed to technical division of labour.