Adam Smith in Beijing

Adam Smith in Beijing : Lineages of the 21st Century

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In the late eighteenth century, the political economist Adam Smith predicted an eventual equalization of power between the conquering West and the conquered non-West. Demonstrating Smith's continued relevance to understanding China's extraordinary rise, Arrighi examines the events that have brought it about, and the increasing dependence of US wealth and power on Chinese imports and purchases of US Treasury bonds. In the 21st century China may well become again the kind of non-capitalist market economy that Smith described, under totally different domestic and world-historical conditions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 418 pages
  • 154 x 235 x 32mm | 680g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • ill
  • 1844672980
  • 9781844672981
  • 190,764

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"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, Professor of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge"
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About Giovanni Arrighi

GIOVANNI ARRIGHI is Professor of Sociology at John Hopkins University, USA. His books include The Long Twentieth Century, and his work has appeared in many publications, including New Left Review.
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