Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century

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"Magisterial history...one of the most comprehensive histories of modern capitalism yet written." —Michael Hirsh, New York Times Book Review
In 1900 international trade reached unprecedented levels and the world's economies were more open to one another than ever before. Then as now, many people considered globalization to be inevitable and irreversible. Yet the entire edifice collapsed in a few months in 1914.
Globalization is a choice, not a fact. It is a result of policy ...

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Overview

"Magisterial history...one of the most comprehensive histories of modern capitalism yet written." —Michael Hirsh, New York Times Book Review
In 1900 international trade reached unprecedented levels and the world's economies were more open to one another than ever before. Then as now, many people considered globalization to be inevitable and irreversible. Yet the entire edifice collapsed in a few months in 1914.
Globalization is a choice, not a fact. It is a result of policy decisions and the politics that shape them. Jeffry A. Frieden's insightful history explores the golden age of globalization during the early years of the century, its swift collapse in the crises of 1914-45, the divisions of the Cold War world, and the turn again toward global integration at the end of the century. His history is full of character and event, as entertaining as it is enlightening.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
“Frieden has a wonderful way of weaving together politics and economics, past and present in an accessible narrative that is...even-handed and objective.”
Booklist
“This is an excellent, readable history of globalization with important lessons for our society.”
David Warsh - economicprinciples.com
“An economic history of the twentieth century that makes the whole thing come alive.”
Alan Beattie - FTmagazine
“Broad and ambitious in its sweep.... One lesson with enormous contemporary resonance emerges: globalization is neither inevitable nor irreversible. Governments can choose to retreat into isolation and have often done so.”
John Bruton - Irish Independent
“Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the history of globalization from 1870 to the present.”
Michael Hirsh
Frieden's 500-plus-page book can be ponderous to read, but it is one of the most comprehensive histories of modern capitalism yet written. He provides a clear, detailed account of the rise and fall of the gold-standard era, especially its peak years from 1896 to 1914, and of the post-World War II Bretton Woods agreements, which gave national economies some control over short-term capital flows…Frieden also argues that for all the strains created by today's global capitalism, it is still the least worst system out there.
—The New York Times
Library Journal
In this economic history of the 20th century, Frieden (government, Harvard Univ.) concentrates on the role played by international trade in economic development. He describes the pre-1914 period as one in which free trade reigned supreme, without regard for social disruption, under the umbrella of the gold standard. He shows that various 20th-century attempts at sealing off national economies, from Nazi Germany to Communist China, generally ended disastrously. While Frieden concedes that problems exist with the current trend toward globalization, he argues that it is the best hope for worldwide economic improvement. Considering the century's various experiments with capitalism, socialism, fascism, and their variants, Frieden concludes persuasively that national economies work best when they are open to the world and that open economies work best when national governments address social and other sources of dissatisfaction with globalization. This historical work on international trade is most welcome in the debate over globalization. The length and depth of this book recommends it to academic and larger public libraries.-Lawrence R. Maxted, Gannon Univ., Erie, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393329810
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/2/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 593,081
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffry A. Frieden is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He specializes in the politics of international monetary and financial relations. Frieden is the author (with Menzie Chinn) of Lost Decades: The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery. His previous books include Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century; Debt, Development, and Democracy: Modern Political Economy and Latin America, 1965–1985; and Banking on the World: The Politics of American International Finance; and he is the co-author or co-editor of many other books on related topics. His articles on the politics of international economic issues have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general-interest publications.

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    Posted November 1, 2009

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    The finest economic history existing in English.

    This is an astounding, balanced, brilliant analysis of international economic history. The finest book of its type, it is accessible and insightful.

    As a professional economist and historian, I read it the way children read their favorite books: Repeatedly and, each time, with increasing interest and pleasure.

    A work of genius. It is amazing that there are no competitors in the offing.

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