The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class

The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class

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Dissects the rise of multinational banks and corporations in the 20th century

With The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class, Kees van der Pijl put class formation at the heart of our understanding of world politics and the global economy. This landmark study dissects one of the most decisive phenomena of the twentieth century—the rise of an Atlantic ruling class of multinational banks and corporations. A new preface by the author evaluates the book’s significance in the light of recent political and economic developments.


  • The research, clarity, and originality that characterize this book are impressive indeed.

    International History Review
  • Poses a question so very important that it must be carefully studied.

    Times Literary Supplement
  • The merits of this book are unusually great and most original.

    Gabriel and Joyce Kolko