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Reading for the week? I’ve been getting into Chris Miller’s fantastically interesting book on The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy. Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR.
Miller does a great job explaining how the late Soviet Union reconsidered its hostility toward China and tried and failed to imitate China’s reforms. It makes a great complement to Isabella Weber’s much-discussed book How China Escaped Shock Therapy.
I’m going to be discussing both of them in a review essay on the “1989 moment” for Noema Magazine, later in the summer.
Deluge and Crashedjust came out in Mandarin this week. Crashed looks super cool in the Chinese edition.
Finding myself in the Shanghai Book Review talking to the brilliant Yanjie Huang was quite a trip. The interview is in Mandarin, but google translate does a great job. It was an exceptionally interesting conversation about China, Europe and the US in the long twentieth century.
Lately, I’ve been getting into Alex Doherty’s fabulous podcast series Politics Theory Other. Consider subscribing on Patreon. This episode with Robbie Shilliam on Enoch Powell as Britain’s first neoliberal politicians is outstanding.
Weirdest link: “Sex with Stalin”, the FT’s Tom Faber on the crazy world of Russian video games.
Paywalled (probably for the best) but this gift link should work for three lucky people.
Upcoming from me: look out for a long essay in the New Statesman on China’s 20th century and the struggle for economic development.
To accompany the New Statesman piece, Chartbook Newsletter #28 at the weekend is going to take a deep dive into a fascinating time capsule: The World Bank’s first report on China’s economic and social development in 1983.
Question of the week. I was filming a long interview for German public TV channel ZDF today and the director Dirk Laabs asked me a really interesting question:
“How did the 2008 crisis supercharge the rise of Blackrock?”.
The question is great because it hits on the hinge between the 1990s and 2000s era of mega banks and the post-2008 era of giant asset managers. If you know anything particularly good to read on the topic, please let me know by putting it in the comments.
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