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

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

Giovanni Arrighi

Language: English

Pages: 432

ISBN: 1844673049

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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