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Inequality is the defining issue of our time. But it is not just a problem for the rich world. It is the global 1% that now owns fully half the world's wealth - the true measure of our age of inequality. In this historical tour de force, Simon Reid-Henry rewrites the usual story of globalization and development as a story of the management of inequality. Reaching back to the eighteenth century and around the globe, The Political Origins of Inequality foregrounds the political turning points and decisions behind the making of today's uneven societies. As it weaves together insights from the Victorian city to the Cold War, from US economic policy to Europe's present migration crisis, a true picture emerges of the structure of inequality itself. The problem of inequality, Reid-Henry argues, is a problem that manifests between places as well as over time.

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Simon Reid-Henry

Simon Reid-Henry is an author and academic. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and was awarded the Leverhulme Prize in 2012. Presently he is Associate Professor in the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London and Director of the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. His writing can be found in The Guardian, New Statesman, The Economist, The Times, The Independent on Sunday, and the London Review of Books. He divides his time between London and Oslo, where he lives with his wife and their two sons.

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