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Are China and the endless accumulation of capital required by the capitalist world system compatible? Jul 12, Ed rated it it was amazing. Sign up here for discounts and quicker purchasing. I really appreciate the theoretical comparison between Adam Smith, best known as the founder of capitalism, and Karl Marx, best known for critiquing capitalism.

China arrives arrigh a kind of deus ex machina. Return to Book Page. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Alessandra DP rated it it was amazing Feb 03, In Praise of Disobedience. The Hermit and the Empire: A great read if you want your existing paradigms challenged and set down in new places.

Jan 27, John rated it it was amazing. One of the most ambitious works of world economic history I’ve ever read.

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

One of the most thought provoking books I’ve read in the last year or so. The state may still own the land but the system of selling leases mimics capitalist land ownership. Fernanda rated it really liked it Jan 24, smigh Arrighi’s book is an illuminating exploration of the rise of China as the new hegemonic state in global politics.

Bush’s invasion permanently destabilized the Middle East, letting loose a chaos that continues to spiral and threatens to engulf the globe. Apr 23, Stas marked it as to-read. Adam Smith in Beijing is the third instalment in an informal trilogy covering the spread and transformation of Capitalism, particularly focused on the XXth century.

Published ten years ago, when the Iraq fiasco was still fairly fresh, its analysis has b Truly fascinating. This is where China comes in, with its peaceful ascent to the status of economic superpower.


Megan Kaminski rated it it was amazing Oct 26, While I disagree with the book, I found it really well-written, fascinating, and deeply hopeful about the world’s future. James rated it really liked it Jul 14, 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.

Adam Smith en Pekín by Giovanni Arrighi (1 star ratings)

As Braudel once did, Arrighi, and Smith in his account, in fact defend the markets, as a nationally bound and balanced institution, against the emergence of capitalism proper. It’s deep, but not the easiest read. Don’t have an account? China’s developmental path, which he reads in an extended historical context, he takes to reflect much more accurately pemin Britain did in the XIXth century, the prescriptions of Adam Smith.

How to understand China today?

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 This is true even if Arrighi’s thesis never really becomes clear and he has to hedge considerably in his conclusions.

It will be interesting to see how such a populous country is able to increase its standard of living when the U.

Sep 26, David M rated it it was amazing. A naive and unrepentant Marxist reviews it here.

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

Everything would then seem to point to a situation ongoing turbulence, both in the capitalist heartland and in peripheral pskin. Arrighi was one of the leading figures in that leftist mixture of economic and political analysis known as ‘world-system theory’, pioneered by Immanuel Wallerstein and-I would imagine-much indebted to the Annales.

Want to Read saving…. Prateek Anand rated it it was amazing May 18, The scope and mastery of Arrighi’s account also have the ‘unintended consequence’ of underlining what is absent from his account: I really learned a lot about Adam Smith’s theories too, which is a surprise. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.


Marx told the truth about capitalism but lied about communism.

Only a hundred pages or so in, give me time to digest Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

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. 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.

Includes how the U. Instead, in Arrighi’s interpretation, he sees the government’s aim as promoting stability and keeping the market running smoothly in the long-term. 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.

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.

Adam Smith en Pekín (Cuestiones de antagonismo)

Hardcoverpages. 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. Julia Barros rated it liked it Jun 26,