The Great Demarcation: The French Revolution and the Invention of Modern Property
by Rafe Blaufarb
Gold and Freedom: The Political Economy of Reconstruction
by Nicolas Barreyre
Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945-1960
by Frederick Cooper
Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India
by Nicholas B. Dirks
The Emergence of Globalism: Visions of World Order in Britain and the United States, 1939–1950
by Or Rosenboim
Throughout history, social and economic inequalities have been fueled and justified by different ideologies. French economist Thomas Piketty’s latest book, Capital and Ideology, looks at the advent and fall of these ideologies, and how they could evolve in the future. He recommends five great books to better understand these complex and always-evolving ideas, and their consequences for the world.
‘When it comes to human happiness the inequalities which matter most aren’t financial. They are in terms of health or education. When it really comes down to it, what matters most is that are you well, that you are going to live a long life, that your children are going to live a long life.’
If you were the last person alive and had to leave a testament to how our world worked, which five books would you choose? Political economist Mark Blyth makes his ‘desert island’ choices.