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Relentless Revolution : A History of Capitalism,9780393339390

Relentless Revolution : A History of Capitalism

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9780393339390

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0393339394
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Trade Paper
Pub. Date:
3/17/2011
Publisher(s):
W W NORTON
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Summary

With its deep roots and global scope, the capitalist system seems universal and timeless. The framework for our lives, it is a source of constant change, sometimes measured and predictable, sometimes drastic, out of control. Yet what is now ubiquitous was not always so. Capitalism was an unlikely development when it emerged from isolated changes in farming, trade, and manufacturing in early-modern England. Astute observers began to notice these changes and register their effects. Those in power began to harness these new practices to the state, enhancing both. A system generating wealth, power, and new ideas arose to reshape societies in a constant surge of change. Approaching capitalism as a culture, as a historical development that was by no means natural or inevitable, Joyce Appleby gives us a fascinating introduction to this most potent creation of mankind from its origins to its present global reach.

Author Biography

Joyce Appleby, professor of history emerita at UCLA, was awarded the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Prize for distinguished writing in American history from the Society of American Historians. She lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Puzzle of Capitalismp. 3
Trading in New Directionsp. 27
Crucial Developments in the Countrysidep. 56
Commentary on Markets and Human Naturep. 87
The Two Faces of Eighteenth-Century Capitalismp. 121
The Ascent of Germany and the United Statesp. 163
The Industrial Leviathans and Their Opponentsp. 200
Rulers as Capitalistsp. 228
War and Depressionp. 265
A New Level of Prosperityp. 288
Capitalism in New Settingsp. 331
Into the Twenty-first Centuryp. 365
Of Crises and Criticsp. 400
Notesp. 437
Indexp. 461
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