Apparently, because of the 15 page Postscript at the end of the book pp. I had read the first edition back when it first came out in the nineties but no longer seem to have a copy of it so I cannot compare the earlier edition with this one. Here in the Postscript Arrighi attempts to sum up what he understands were the three main propositions of his book. Firstly, according to Arrighi, a Capitalist Epoch there are more than one!
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Upon finishing his university degree, Arrighi obtained a job as a manager trainee with the multinational firm Unilever. Because of political activities in opposition to white-minority rule, Arrighi and eight other lecturers at UCRN were arrested in July He was jailed for a week and then deported.
During these years, Arrighi continued to write on the political economy of Rhodesia and also began a collaboration with John Saul that resulted in joint articles focused on the African national liberation movements and the emerging neocolonial governments.
Dar Es Salaam in those years was a point of attraction for intellectuals and activists from around the world. During this time he published important articles on capitalist crises. In , Arrighi received a joint appointment in the Sociology and Economics Departments at the newly established University of Calabria in Cosenza in southern Italy, where he taught for several years.
It was during this time that the Fernand Braudel Center became known as the main center of world-systems analysis, attracting scholars from all over the world. Arrighi conceptualized these periods of financial expansion as phases of major systemic reorganization in which, among other things, the geographical epicenter of world capitalism shifted. Arrighi had several new projects in motion in , including a book on the foundations of global inequality and development; he had also returned to work on questions of African development and underdevelopment.
In July , Arrighi was diagnosed with cancer. Arrighi died on June 18,
The Long Twentieth Century
Site Manager Page tags It seems you have no tags attached to pages. To attach a tag simply click on the tags button at the bottom of any page. Similarly, the depressive, grungey early Nineties have never seemed to be of a piece with the teenybopping, tech-booming late Nineties. A Marxist with an eye for the big picture, he followed the lead of Fernand Braudel by framing history in terms of grand processes and huge tracts of time. For Hobsbawm, a committed partisan of the British Communist Party, history was defined ultimately in political terms, in the troubled life of the Marxist project and the ultimate failure of its contest with Western capitalism. As a Marxist, he still saw big economic processes driving change all over the world, but as a historian he framed time politically. For Arrighi, long economic cycles of growth, expansion and speculation were what really shaped history, while the fortunes of presidents, nations and empires unfolded as a rich pageant in the foreground.
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