JEFFRY FRIEDEN GLOBAL CAPITALISM PDF

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.

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Start your review of Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century Write a review Oct 31, Szplug rated it really liked it As dry as the Joshua Tree deserts wherein Gram Parsons poked his orange-juice-heir-self to death, but probably the most informative economic history of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century capitalismbecause, really, the global part is but an adjunct of the Big Showhandled in the most even-handed and objective manner that I have yet come across.

Highly recommended, for if you can endure such a sawdust symphony you will come away with an appreciable understanding of the interconnections between As dry as the Joshua Tree deserts wherein Gram Parsons poked his orange-juice-heir-self to death, but probably the most informative economic history of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century capitalism—because, really, the global part is but an adjunct of the Big Show—handled in the most even-handed and objective manner that I have yet come across.

Highly recommended, for if you can endure such a sawdust symphony you will come away with an appreciable understanding of the interconnections between and consequences of the various economic permutations that unfolded across the globe during the past one hundred and thirty years—and this really is all inclusive, as the economies of the communist Second and developing Third World countries are taken on as well, stressing their relationship to the degree of internationality of trade in any given period and the evolution of these non-First World economies into their current systems.

The crux of the underpinnings of capitalism is that it is both cyclical and leveling in its commercial aspect while being evolutionarily dynamic in its effect upon societal and cultural norms. At the same time, its ability to harness human labor and technology leads to great spurts and sprints in the development of efficiency, productivity, and innovation while simultaneously requiring the dramatic alteration of habitational patterns in order to accommodate themselves to the needs of the capitalist economy—and such works a transformational meme upon human societies that inevitably tend to undermine and destabilize existing societal and cultural forms with their concomitant effects upon familial, political, ethical, spiritual, and environmental structures.

It is little to be wondered at, then, that throughout its tumultuous history capitalism has been viewed with active hostility by a considerable number of those who have lived within, or observed from afar, its transformational immanency; whilst simultaneously evoking tremendous support and enthusiasm from those whose material well-being has been increased beyond compare, ranging from the industrial and financial kingpins atop the wealth pyramid down to laborers whose tastes of the fruits of material production assuages a fundamental human desire.

There can be no disputing that the wealth and developmental levels of the Western World are inconceivable without capitalism—it is also inarguable that, for a vast portion of the Sub-Saharan and Central Asian world, the complexities of the capitalist system have been pitiless in their iron application, crushing the masses beneath the weight of extreme poverty and oppression with no way out and only scrapings to survive upon.

The Golden Age of Capitalism serves as point of entry, an era that saw the British laissez-faire, consisting of unregulated industries, uninvolved in theory governments, and a stable monetary component of national currencies fixed to the price of gold, adopted by the trading nations—the majority formerly Mercantilist in form—of the maritime world.

This early period witnessed a massive expansion of international trade with impressive beginnings for the economies of several South American nations, regular boom-and-bust cycles prior to the steadying two decades of growth from , and a majority of the trading nations agreeing to the gold standard. True to form, the Great War is a crucial part of this story, as it saw a shattering of the global econosphere with virtually the entirety of free-trading nations turning insular and economically isolationist with the concomitant drying up of financial lending.

The postwar boom of the twenties was superficially impressive, but its entirety was erected upon an unstable edifice of United States capital and a patched together postwar gold standard; when the markets went belly-up in , efforts to support the gold dollar savaged internal industries and ballooned unemployment while the last remaining traces of bank lending disappeared.

Blame for the depression was laid at the feet of international finance, and the turn towards isolationism and walled-off trading blocs became the new norm.

When the war ended and the Bretton-Woods system was created, the path was set for a pseudo-international trading bloc of Western nations adhering to a capitalism linked by a gold-backed US dollar, a system that allowed other governments the flexibility of monetary and fiscal controls to deal with slowdowns and rising unemployment whilst simultaneously providing social safety nets and socialist policies to ease the pain of recessionary periods.

Pre- and Postwar communist developments are given their due, and he is superb on the Import Substitution Industrialization ISI conceived by South American economists and implemented vigorously throughout both Latin America and the newly-independent colonies of Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. As the Bretton-Woods system began to break down while the Communist world stagnated and the ISI countries struggled with all of the problems of inefficiency and quality-control of protected industry, a new movement towards re-integrating globalized markets began to gather steam.

With the dramatic impact of massive price hikes in oil and other resource inputs in the mid- and late seventies, the devastating debt load fostered upon ISI countries by currency devaluation and interest rate hikes—and the sudden dissolution of the Warsaw Pact countries communist structure in the late eighties—the final impetus was created and impediments removed to a renewed globalization of trade.

Thus, we have another cyclical movement in capitalism, the competing interests and systems of the international and national formulations. The former works best with stable currencies and low-barriers to the movement of capital, material, and labor; the latter functions best in an environment where industries are protected from cheaper imports and financial markets are stable.

What Bretton-Woods was so successful in maintaining for twenty-five years was traces of the international buttressing implementations of the national; and now, with the energized swing to globalized markets towards the end of the last century, and into the new, we have broad implementations of the internationalist version while the remaining traces of nationalist capitalism are withering away.

This has appreciably raised the prosperity of a wide swathe of Southeast and East Asian, East European, and Latin American countries while confirming the North American and West European nations at the top of the food chain—but so much of this rising wealth has come from the metastasizing of financial markets and the endemic instability, the boom-bust regularity of the Golden Age with all of its inherent creative and destructive potentialities.

We have, of course, seen how this market gigantism has played out from onwards. Frieden, in , accurately assessed the potential, even probability, of a serious financial meltdown—one whose early symptoms had already been identified in earlier panics, manipulations, and crashes—as well as the new bindings placed upon governmental policy by the adoption of pseudo-gold-standard currencies like the Euro. In the face of such wealth destruction and economic instability, Frieden cautioned that a return to nationalist protectionism—including mass-movement driven autarky—was a serious possibility.

The only certainty is that Capitalism is a system that can never stand still and births its own competition from both its successes and its failures—and as it is moving forward, there is always some part of it that is circling outwards to return to where it was. Neither triumphant nor pessimistic at the end, the author simply points out that globalization has been a mixed bag for the world—though his own evaluation portrays its benefits outweighing its burdens—and one with no guarantees of continuation beyond the immediate future.

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Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century Reviews: "Magisterial" and "one of the most comprehensive histories of modern capitalism yet written. 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.

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Global capitalism : its fall and rise in the twentieth century 1st ed. New York: W. Chapter 15 This chapter is an interesting and lively telling of the causes and the tension surrounding the movement away from the gold standard by Nixon in August of The decision was made by Nixon amid pressure from both the international monetary order and domestic policies. The expectation was that the dollar would be devalued. This was causing a run on the dollar, as people tried to convert it to gold before the devaluation occurred. The US could have countered this effect.

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