The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times

Arrighi, Giovanni

The Long Twentieth Century traces the relationship between capital accumulation and state formation over a 700-year period. Arrighi argues that capitalism has unfolded as a succession of "long centuries," each of which produced a new world power that secured control over an expanding world-economic space. Examining the changing fortunes of Florentine, Venetian, Genoese, Dutch, English and finally American capitalism, Arrighi concludes with an examination of the forces that have shaped and are now poised to undermine America's world dominance. A masterpiece of historical sociology, The Long Twentieth Century rivals in scope and ambition contemporary classics by Perry Anderson, Charles Tilly and Michael Mann. Read More Show Less Editorial Reviews David Harvey - The Guardian "Giovanni had the uncanny ability to extract clear patterns from the swirling complexities of the historical record ... establishing his reputation as one of the greatest comparative historical sociologists." New Left Review "Of the minds produced by the international left in the second half of the twentieth century, few have been the equal, in historical imagination, architectonic scope and conceptual clarity, to Giovanni Arrighi ... Future generations will look back on him as one of the finest lights of the period through which he lived." Observer Review "A vivid, fact-filled expose of the cyclical monetary forces that surge through human society." From the Publisher "A vivid, fact-filled expose of the cyclical monetary forces that surge through human society."--Observer Review "The Long Twentieth Century has the grandeur of a sprawling epic and the schematic grace of a Richard Neutra blueprint ... It is the single most useful text on offer for anyone who wants to narrate the story of world capitalism--from its nascent form on the rim of the Mediterranean to the current reach of the United States' empire, and beyond."--Los Angeles Review of Books

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