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    Another great socialist scholar: Giovanni Arrighi

    Bill Martin

    2009-06-19, Issue 438

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    It is with great sadness that I report that Giovanni Arrighi passed peacefully yesterday morning in Baltimore (Thursday June 18, 2009), with his partner Beverly Silver, and his son, Andrea, at his side.

    It is with great sadness that I report that Giovanni Arrighi passed
    peacefully yesterday morning in Baltimore (Thursday June 18, 2009), with his
    partner Beverly Silver, and his son, Andrea, at his side.

    Scholars and activists will recall his long, brilliant trajectory, from his
    earliest work on the Political Economy of Rhodesia and historical labour
    supplies in southern Africa, through his Geometry of Imperialism, to his
    more recent trilogy (The Long Twentieth Century, Chaos and Governance, and
    Adam Smith in Beijing). In the last few years his attention had returned to
    Africa, leading to a stint in residence in South Africa (Grahamstown); it is
    with great regret that his promised return to writing on southern/Africa
    will not, now, be fulfilled.

    He leaves us a remarkable legacy: a life lived well, marked by a selfless
    generosity to his students and peers, a complete lack of the cynicism that
    has afflicted so many in the last decades, and, in the most recent period, a
    growing optimism, nay belief, of the advent of a more humane, liberated
    world on the horizon. He will be sorely missed on many continents.

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