JEFFRY FRIEDEN GLOBAL CAPITALISM PDF

Great political-economic history of the twentieth century. There are two ways to read this. The blurbs on the back of the book would focus on the 'global' in the title, and try to convince you that In this economic history of the 20th century, Frieden government, Harvard Univ.

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But to describe the book as simply a history of globalization as the title implies or to remark that it thoroughly and ably covers topics like the evolution of the gold price of silver between and , the battle between fascism, liberalism and communism in the s or the rise of social democracy is doing the work an injustice. This book is all that as well as a general interest comparative history, a careful study in comparative politics, a long-run analytical narrative of international political economy, and even quite simply an immaculately told story of almost everything important that happened in the realm of political economy in the last years or so.

This book succeeds on all these fronts, and it should shoot straight to the top of the things to read for anyone with an interest in any of the several fields of study mentioned above. One gains a greater appreciation for the timelessness of these phenomena and how to begin to get a grip on the bigger picture of policy making and the global economy.

And most certainly they will be all the better prepared for tackling the challenges ahead because they will have truly learned something from this superlative history of the past years.

The task he sets for himself is not an easy one as he must clear away much of the meddlesome brush that stands in the way of illuminating the historical path to the present, yet at the same time, preserve enough of the actors and events that define the path as a unique one. That he reaches similar conclusions as others before him is not meant to diminish what Frieden has accomplished, as he has managed to tie all three of these themes together into one lively and readable book that nicely balances historical anecdote with economic generalization.

Frieden of Harvard University's Department of Government, reverses the usual historical metaphor of rise and fall to narrate the story of the fall and rise of world capitalism during the twentieth century.

Frieden adopts the perspective of regional and national economic development over time relative to the larger economic process of globalization Global Capitalism is an important synthesis of what we now know about large changes in the political economy over the course of the twentieth century. He never stints on the institutions that were necessary to produce the miracle. And yet his account moves along almost effortlessly, from one set of triumphs and disasters to the next.

No technical jargon when it comes to explaining complex economic phenomena or even theories that have made significant historical impact to a readership that is not presumed to be economically educated. The author also displays an incredible capacity of summarizing highly complex political situations in simple yet powerful words. How to write on the Gold Standard and its opponents; on Keynes vs. This Frieden manages to do. The book is serene and balanced. That is what one expects from a prominent Harvard scholar, however, it remains a striking achievement.

The outcome is a powerful book that is a very useful tool to forge one's own opinion, independently, on the great debates around globalisation that are raging today. A highly recommended book for people striving to form their own - as ideologically neutral as possible - opinion on the process of globalisation.

It is a long read, but it is a good read. And it can make up for years of widespread misinformed ignorance. It is worth the financial and intellectual investment. So rather than looking at globalism as a recent phenomenon, it is helpful to realize that it once flourished long ago and that a combination of these factors drove it underground for nearly a century.

Frieden's writing is exceptionally accessible to the intelligent layperson. I'm sure people always feel they are living in interesting times, that there is something exceptional about their moment. We do indeed live in interesting times - globalization, climate change, extreme poverty - but then you open up Frieden's book and see the last century laid out before you.

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One gains a greater appreciation for the timelessness of these phenomena and how to begin to get a grip on the bigger picture of policy making and the global economy. The outcome is a powerful book that is a very useful tool to forge one's own opinion, independently, on the great debates around globalisation that are raging today. Skip to main content. Main Menu Utility Menu Search. But to describe the book as simply a history of globalization as the title implies or to remark that it thoroughly and ably covers topics like the evolution of the gold price of silver between and , the battle between fascism, liberalism and communism in the s or the rise of social democracy is doing the work an injustice. This book is all that as well as a general interest comparative history, a careful study in comparative politics, a long-run analytical narrative of international political economy, and even quite simply an immaculately told story of almost everything important that happened in the realm of political economy in the last years or so. This book succeeds on all these fronts, and it should shoot straight to the top of the things to read for anyone with an interest in any of the several fields of study mentioned above.

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Great political-economic history of the twentieth century. There are two ways to read this. The blurbs on the back of the book would focus on the 'global' in the title, and try to convince you that I learned a lot from this book! Jeffry A.

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