Global capitalism: its fall and rise in the twentieth century

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W. W. Norton, Mar 27, 2007 - Business & Economics - 556 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review

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Jeffry A. Frieden is Stanfield Professor of International Peace at Harvard University. He specializes in the politics of international monetary and financial relations. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.