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The Long Twentieth Century,
This review is from: The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Time (Paperback)
Brilliant exposition of the historical dialectic of the systemic cycles of capitalist development from the Italian city-states onwards. A real page-turner. What I really like about this book is that there is a wonderful synthesis between macro-systems theory and concrete historical illustration: enough historical illustration to make the ideas concrete without losing the line of argument. By contrast the pioneering achievement of Braudel in systems-based history (Civilization and Capitalism)projects a grand canvas of historical information that sometimes renders opaque the connective logic of his underlying thesis. Arrighi will be sorely missed. But this book is an enduring monument to his scholarship.