The Long Twentieth Century

The Long Twentieth Century

The Long Twentieth Century The Long Twentieth Century traces the relationship between capital accumulation and state formation over a year period Arrighi argues that capitalism has unfolded as a succession of long centuries

  • Title: The Long Twentieth Century
  • Author: Giovanni Arrighi
  • ISBN: 9781859840153
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, DuThe 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.

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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 civilizations, Wallenstein's 'world-systems theory', and Schumpeter's 'creative destruction'.Arrighi's thesis encompasses several broad themes. First - capitalism is not necessarily only the history of wage-labour, but also the spread of 'finance-capital', involving liquidity and ease of exchange. Secon [...]

    Along with Robert Brenner and Wolfgang Streeck, Giovanni Arrighi has been an invaluable resource for me in trying to asses prospects for the end of capitalism. Even though at times, to be honest, this book was a bit of a slog to read, I still very much look forward to its controversial sequel Adam Smith in Beijing. *During all these periods of transition the ability of the previous center of high finance to regulate and lead the existing world system of accumulation in a particular direction was [...]

    I mean, its pretty much a Marxist-Braudelian theory of successive imperial ovverreaches that have led to the present day system, but I really liked it. Considered seminal by a certain group of people and I can certainly see why. I probably didn't need to read 350 pages about it to get the point, though.

    Reviewed 7/7/2010The History of CapitalismWhy is this edition "new and updated"? Apparently, because of the 15 page Postscript at the end of the book (pp. 371-386). (I had read the first edition back when it first came out in the nineties but no longer seem to have a copy of it so I cannot compare the earlier edition with this one.) Here in the Postscript Arrighi attempts to sum up what he understands were the three main propositions of his book. Firstly, according to Arrighi, a Capitalist Epoch [...]

    Complex history of capital accumulation. If you want to find out how we got in the mess we're in, from the long view, then this is the book for you. Some economic history background required!

    Excellent overview with lots of reference to Fernand Braudel. Interesting comparison of cycles of accumulation between the Genoese, Dutch, British and American Empires.

    Il sottotitolo del libro sintetizza esattamente il suo contenuto. Un'altro potrebbe essere: "Cosa guida la storia e come l'ha fatto negli ultimi 700 anni". Per chi vuol capire quello che ci accade quotidianamente e avere risposte a quello che vede succedere nel mondo questo è un libro fondamentale. E' come un pugno nello stomaco da leggere e rileggere e soprattutto capire. Non è un testo semplicissimo e la sua densità non permette una lettura veloce ma tutto ciò che nutre e vale la pena in f [...]

    Prof.Arrighi'nin kitabı (1997) son altıyüzyılda kapitalist sistemin oluşumunu Marksist/Braudelci yaklaşımla ele alıyor. Bunu yaparken, İtalyan şehir devletlerinden (Floransa, Venedik ve bilhassa Ceneviz) başlayarak Hollanda, İngiltere ve nihayet ABD sermaye birikim süreçlerinin ekonomi-politiğine odaklanıyor. Kitap, her ne kadar tarihsel anlatım açısından zengin (bir o kadar da dili bakımından ağır-ağdalı) ise de, Kapitalizmin geleceğine dair öngörüler bağlamında [...]

    Very interesting evaluation that ends now (2017), with nearly 25 years of dramatic world economic events after it was written (Japan's long recession/deflation, the rise of China and its debt financing of the US, the US housing debt collapse and the worldwide consequences) begging the question: where to now?

    Exceptionally clear writing, generally fair and balanced historically, ending with some disastrously erroneous conclusions for us today.

    Notes on what I learnt from thisArrighi views historical capitalism as the development of distinct ‘systems of accumulation’ over time. There are four such systems, each of which rose and fell over the period of ‘long centuries.’ These are:The Genovese: Beginning in the second half of the 14th century, this emerged as the public debt of the Italian city states was alienated into the hands of the rising capitalist class. The Genovese had produced an institution capable of managing these a [...]

    The Long Twentieth Century is about the idea of a “systemic cycle of accumulation,” which is a process in which the world economy goes through a period of “material expansion” followed by a period of “financial expansion.” The basic idea is that each material expansion leads eventually to an overaccumulation of capital, which causes a crisis and a fall in government revenues. To make up for the revenue shortfall, there is increased inter-state competition for financial capital, which [...]

    Giovanni Arrighi adoptó la metodología de los ciclos largos para escribir un análisis rico y fascinante del “largo siglo veinte”.2 El libro se aboca principalmente a entender cómo la crisis de la hegemonía y acumulación de los Estados Unidos en la década de 1970 (indicada, por ejemplo, por el desenganche del dólar del patrón oro en 1971 y por la derrota militar norteamericana en Vietnam) es un punto de inflexión fundamental en la historia del capitalismo mundial. A fin de aprehende [...]

    I am no history buff, know very little history, and next to nothing about economic history (or economics).I bought this book on an impulse (since the credit crunch I have attempted to gain some knowledge in the area) and read it during my holidays on the beach. And it was a bloody good read at that.This is not a light weight book, but thanks to the author remains easy to read, to mull over, and to digest. What better for a beach. It gives a historic overview of economic world history. He approac [...]

    I had to read this for a university Community Studies class back in the early 2000's. I only read a couple chapters back then, but had some time on my hands and wanted to read it before I got rid of it. It was hard for me to get through (took almost two months) because of the very academic nature of the writing. I had to read and re-read many of the paragraphs to understand the gist of what was being said. The most interesting thing I found in this book was this:"has come to be an extreme contra [...]

    700 or so years of capitalism as a world system. First: this book is so dense (and exciting) that I must read it again. At the end I felt like it made sense but that I have missed too many important details which didnt seem important at first. So these are initial thoughts only.Basically he walks us through four (Italian City States 1400ish, Dutch, British, US) major systemic cycles of acccumulation. For Marxists: he breaks down the history of capitalism as a world system (MCM') into alternating [...]

    Unread, and maybe too big to really want to tackle. The crisis in the economically dominant western states seems to me to be a symptom of a long term decline of economic hegemony. Many in the Anglo-American "core" are concerned that this signals a shift towards rising power principally to China.I suspect that the similarity between European and American cultures has made the shifts of the past few hundred years relatively easy, but this will eventually be seen as a provident aberration. Cross-cu [...]

    A very dense reading, which turned out to be far better than I actually thought. Of course, the limits of its macro-focus are visible throughout the whole piece, yet the attention given to the layers below the cyclical dynamics shows a sympathetic effort to avoid too much determinism while preserving an analytical rigor. As well, the 2009 postscript seems to underline the validity of the thoughts and analogies drawn in here. I still think there might have been more attention given to what makes [...]

    I would not have read this book but for the fact it was a selection of our book club. It took a lot of determination for me to get through the material; as it turned out, I was one of the few who did. Perhaps because I did not graduate in economics or because of the author's style, I found it difficult to understand and sometimes needed to re-read the run on sentences to understand the point being made. I did appreciate the history of the various capitalist systems but felt that the major points [...]

    Read the first section of this for class. Obviously hard to get through, but pretty awesome. Globalization is not a new thing and cycles of hegemonic power comprise the history of the capitalist world-system. I especially appreciated his point that the development of the nation-state system and the development of capitalism have gone hand in hand in many ways. Was never so interested in the Italian city-states as I was when I was reading this. Need to look back in history a long way to make sens [...]

    This is an excellent book, which along with "Adam Smith in Beijing" brilliantly explains the development of capitalism from the days of Genoa, Venice, the Iberian peninsula and the Spanish empire to today. The inter-connections of many wars, treaties, and other historical events are explained in great detail.

    This book is a battle. It is a neo-marxist economic history of the world from 1500 onward. It leads up to the "long 20th century," from midway through the 19th century to the present. It's all about interstate competition for mobile capital! Yay!See also: Immanuel Wallerstein.

    The intense and intricate work of an intense and intricate mind marrying Braudel and Marx (two more intense and intricate minds). Not to be missed: the March-April 2009 New Left Review interview of Arrighi by David Harvey.

    In a way, Arrighi writes the 4th volume of Wallerstein's work on the modern world system. We are treated to an incredible discussion of the ebbs and flows of capitalism's long cycles, and it comes off sounding eminently possible that the world systems' theorists are right.

    Fucking impenetrable. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a Marxist shill - and they too find it impenetrable and cannot admit it.

    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.

    Di grande chiarezza. Nonostante che le mie conoscenze di economia siano elementari, ho seguito perfettamente l'argomentazione di Arrighi.

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