“In this deeply learned, sharply argued, and fascinating book Giovanni Arrighi shows that the mandate of capitalist heaven is shifting to China, more generally to East Asia, but Americans won’t like it. We are witnessing both a return to centuries of past practice, and an auger for a 21st century that, in his view, will be defined by East Asian advance and American retreat. Meanwhile Professor Arrighi offers a truly insightful analysis of the thought of a great political economist: Adam Smith. This is by far the best book to date in the rapidly-growing literature on ‘China’s rise.’”—Bruce Cummings
“Proceeding from a bracing re-reading of Smith and Marx, through a reconsideration of the ‘Great Divergence’ of East and West, to a blistering deconstruction of the Project for a New American Century, Arrighi dismisses neo-liberal interpretations of China’s economic ‘miracle’ and credits instead China’s own robust market economy tradition. In the process, he leads us on a breathtaking tour of the history of world capitalism over the past three hundred years, and suggests where we may be headed in the future.”—William T. Rowe
“In this wonderfully provocative and wide-ranging book, Arrighi offers a fresh and challenging interpretation of China’s economic ascent.”—Gillian Hart
“The convincing power of Arrighi’s argument lies in his choice to conceive geopolitics as the endless process of construction of political cultures associating class conflicts and collective commonwealth in different specific ways.”—Samir Amin
“An original, brilliant, always powerfully challenging analysis.”—Wang Hui
“In the vast landscape of literature on China rising Giovanni Arrighi´s Adam Smith in Beijing stands out as a beacon of bold creativity and as pursuing a sustained trail-blazing argument.”—Goran Therborn
Arrighi leads us on a breathtaking tour of the history of world capitalism over the past three hundred years, and suggests where we may be headed in the future.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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