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I doubt that many conservatives will like or understand the way the author sees China as the best current exemplar of Adam Smith and more likely to be economically competitive as a result.

Adam Smith wrote about bureaucracy, but he does not speak in terms of accumulating money and expanding. Esra Atici rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Nov 22, Teresa rated it really liked it.

Cleanly written, engaging, and up-to-date. It is refreshing to find to read such unapologetically ‘grand’ narration at the world-scale, covering in some depth the twin monsters Behemoth and Leviathan! Now I should add the caveat that Arrighi’s analysis is about a very stylized version of China, and it still has multiple problems in trying to interpret its regional and local government.

Seems to well exemplify the s Russian joke: The book is at least as much about the US as China. Only a hundred pages or so in, give me time to digest Wu Zheng rated it it was amazing May 25, Be the first to ask a question about Adam Smith in Beijing. For me the real question is will the current reforms in land tenure lead to greater concentration of wealth as well as lead the way to a total establishment of capitalism.

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Includes how the U. David rated it it was ok Jan 25, Finally, a contention I am sure a more competent reader would be easily able to dispel, I was surprised by Arrighi’s insistence on Smith as an apostle of the social as opposed to technical division of labour.


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

His other important book that I’ve read, The Long Twentieth Pekinnfocuses on how centers of finance moved throughout history. Alessandra DP rated it it was amazing Feb 03, Like most of Arrighi’s work, this book isn’t an easy read, but the payoff is huge. But we overextended ourselves and now China is ready for its peaceful assent. Jan 01, Will rated it really liked it. Prateek Anand rated it it was amazing May 18, Jul 12, Ed rated it it was amazing.

My main problem with the book is how it defines capitalism through the lens of Adam Smith and Braudel. There’s a ton to chew on and engage with here; perhaps most problematic is Arrighi’s glossing over of the deep inequalities and injustices inherent in modern China.

Adam Smith en Pekín (Cuestiones de antagonismo)

Sign up here for discounts and quicker purchasing. Arrighi makes the case that China’s rise has not simply been a repudiation of the revolutionary heritage of the People’s Republic. Provocative as it may sound, the title actually captures the essence of the book: Books by Giovanni Arrighi. How to understand China today?

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. For the bulk of it, Arrighi makes an extremely convincing case that our country is in the midst of its terminal crisis as global capitalist hegemon. It will be interesting to see how such a populous country is able to increase its standard of living when the U.

China’s developmental path, which he reads in an extended historical context, he takes to reflect much more accurately than Britain did in the XIXth century, the prescriptions of Adam Smith.

The simple fact is that the future is not determined. Sean B rated it really liked it Mar 25, Sep 26, David M rated it it was amazing. This books includes discussion of the history and the now of China. Arrighi says that we can no longer use Marx to understand this economy, but Adam Smith.


A great read if you want your existing paradigms challenged and set down in new places. Are China and aadm endless accumulation of capital required by the capitalist world system compatible?

It’s deep, but not the easiest read. The most pessimistic predictions of the anti-war movement have proven true.

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

Rather, Deng Xiaoping built on and consolidated Mao’s achievements. Want to Read saving…. Together they constitute a stunning work of world history with theoretical and political intent whose intellectual roots lie in a mix of radical historiographical traditions.

Everything would then seem to point to a situation ongoing turbulence, both in the capitalist heartland and in peripheral states. As consumerism takes control throughout the layers of Chinese society, it also seems unclear how long the benefits of its ‘industrious revolution’ will last.

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Megan Kaminski rated it it was amazing Oct 26, Hardcoverpages. I do give credit to Arrighi for being positive about China’s growth and partially progressive nature, while other leftists have totally dismissed China without a very deep understanding of the country or culture.

I am not sure I fully accept this analysis but it is a strong wake up call to the Extraordinarily novel insights into the emerging 21st century through the lens and vision arrigih Adam Smith and Karl Marx.