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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Giovanni Arrighi masterfully synthesizes social theory, comparative history and historical narrative in this account of the structures and agencies which have shaped the course of world history over the millennium.

The modest beginnings, rise and violent unravel-ing of the links forged between capital, state power, and geopolitics by hegemonic classes and states are explored with dramatic intensity. From this perspective, Arrighi explains the changing fortunes of Florentine, Venetian, Genoese, Dutch, English, and finally American capitalism. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Giovanni Arrighi. Janet L. Karl Marx. Customers who bought this item also bought. World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction. Fernand Braudel. Register a free business account. Arrighi's synthesis is highly original and packed with illuminating and audacious insights.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Capitalism is a means, not an end. Arrighi's Twentieth Century is very long indeed. It begins in the fourteenth century. The author wants to lay bare Braudel's third layer of economic power the real home of the predators , which covers the self-sufficient economy the 1st and the market economy the 2nd.

The predators are those particular communities or governmental and business blocs who accumulate on a world scale an ever-increasing capitalist power. The author sees 4 historical centers of global accumulation: 1. Great-Britain; 4. US; 5. Each of these global accumulations is characterized by three capitalist cycles: 1. His analysis is profound and detailed. However, the author doesn't take enough crucial demographic and political factors or decisions into consideration.

There is a phenomenal difference between the first two and the third and fourth accumulation. The 3rd one caused a demographic explosion which is still going on. Its success for the human species is truly exceptional E. The fall of the British empire was at least accelerated by two world wars which were declared by foreign countries and which left Great-Britain bankrupt Keynes, Skidelsky.

The basic of the US empire is the dollar W. The fall of the dollar in was countered by a political decision to inflate the oil prize W.

Engdahl , whereby the dollar recaptured its lost central place in international finance and US banks and oil corporations were catapulted at the zenith of world power the real predators. This book is already partly out-of-date. It ends with the Japanese formidable but already extinct expansion, not with the lurking Chinese one a truly perfect combination of State and capital. Do we see actually the final capitalist crisis, so many times claimed by pure Marxists? Absolutely not. Engel not Engels 's law is still highly in force with a nearly unlimited supply of cheap labor at the disposal of all transnational corporations.

Adam Smith's and Marx's law of the tendency of a falling rate of profit is an illusion, because in the long run capital chases earnings. Finally, in our society, capitalism is not an end but a means to grab power and power means survival. Through history, the members of the ruling class live much longer than the ruled. This book is a very worth-while read, although its analysis and vocabulary is nearly pure Marxist.

There are already many good reviews so I will only suggest reading the following books whose scope is amazingly global in addition to Arrighi's work: 1 Economy: 1. O'Rourke; 1. A millennial perspective" plus "The world economy: Historical Statistics" by Angus Maddison a combined edition of these two volumes appeared on December ; 2 Agrarian cultures: "Pre-industrial societies" by Patricia Crone; 3 Government: "The History of Government" by S. Giovanni Arrighi's text is the most under-rated as well as the most brilliant of all theoretical works on historical capitalism and its futures.

Unlike the claims of recent scholars like Hardt and Negri, the text is NOT about one historical cycle succeeding another. Such a claim is one of the worst examples of intellectual misrepresentation that I have ever come across. Their own work 'Empire' and then 'Multitude' are vain and failed attempts to come to terms with Arrighi's work.

As a student of Marx, Braudel, and Schumpeter, Arrighi knows better than most that no two systemic cycles are ever the same. Each one not only ruptures the world system, it also creates conditions for its own supersession, in what Arrighi, drawing upon Braudel, calls 'financial expansions', and what David Harvey following Arrighi, calls 'accumulation by dispossession'.

By drawing insightful comparisons between four long systemic cycles starting with the medieval Genoese financial expansion, Arrighi demonstrates the novelty of the cycle underlying the long twentieth century as well as pointing to what lies ahead.

This is an absolute must read for anyone interested in capitalism, the interstate system, the social movements though here the text is somewhat deficient , and the possibility of a future different from the lackluster present. Arrighi's work is simultaneously historical and theoretical theory after all comes from a deep grasp of historical currents. Although much misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misrepresented, and often appropriated without adequate acknowledgement, The Long Twentieth Century is destined to become the classic work of the 21st century.

Ten years after it first came out, almost all of Arrighi's predictions are turning out to be accurate, so much so that his school of imitators is becoming as vast as his train of never-ending admirers. To those who like large meta-narratives that combine spatial dynamics with temporal rhythms - and there are only a few out there Marx, Weber, Braudel, Schumpeter, Perry Anderson, Michael Mann, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Charles Tilly - Arrighi's work will be the unsurpassable horizon of our times.

Arrighi is a master-synthesizer. One of the challenges he raises is the question of synthesis itself. What is entailed in the act of synthesizing without distorting particulars, is the capacity to give each particular its due as if that were ever possible!

Arrighi's deep compassion for the struggles to bring about a different global future guide much of his architecture. Unlike many who call themselves socialists, Arrighi carries none of their presumptuous and often ridiculous baggage. To read this text is like experiencing a breath of fresh air after so many sterile polemics on the Left. It is a tall order to go beyond the Long twentieth century. Future attempts will invariably find themselves repeating an insight already developed in some obscure page of the Long Twentieth Century.

It is the challenge of the 21st to come up with something at least as good as the offering of the Italian maestro. See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews.

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This is an expansive economic history of the modern world - it draws ideas from Adam Smith, Polanyi's conceptions of the free market, Marx's histories of capitalist societies, Braudel's theory of Surely one of the best books I've ever read. Arrighi has fascinating ideas about capitalism as a historical phenomenon and about its uncertain future. Giovanni Arrighi.

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