While in China I read an extremely significant book about the development of the world-economy in the neoliberal period, by the expatriate Chinese economist Minqi Li.
The Origins of International Economic Disorder
A Study of United States Monetary Policy from World War II to the Present
by Fred L. Block
University of California Press, 1977 -- 277 pages
The book begins with an overview of the British gold standard and its gradual breakdown during the interwar period. This sets the stage for the main subject: the history of the monetary order underlying the multilateral free-trade system promoted and managed by the United States.