Capitalism and the Jews

Capitalism and the Jews

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by Jerry Z. Muller
     
 

"This learned and suggestive little volume distills two centuries of wisdom concerning Jews and capitalism into four provocative essays. Drawing freely upon economic history, Jewish history, and the history of ideas, Jerry Muller moves deftly from European thinkers to Jewish traders and from Communists to nationalists. Along the way, he dispenses fresh insights,

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"This learned and suggestive little volume distills two centuries of wisdom concerning Jews and capitalism into four provocative essays. Drawing freely upon economic history, Jewish history, and the history of ideas, Jerry Muller moves deftly from European thinkers to Jewish traders and from Communists to nationalists. Along the way, he dispenses fresh insights, little known information, and much common sense concerning issues too often shrouded in myth, bigotry, ideology, and apologetics."—Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University

"This book was hard to put down. It is a pleasure to read a work so provocative, so relevant, and so deeply informed."—Daniel Chirot, University of Washington

"This is a magisterial work. It traces the relation of Jews to capitalism from the early modern period to the contemporary world, placing it in the context of the development of modernity's political institutions and culture. This book will be indispensable reading for anyone interested in Jewish history, but also for those seeking to understand the overall drama of modernity."—Peter L. Berger, professor emeritus, Boston University

"This is a superb and enlightening book."—Andrei Markovits, University of Michigan

"Jerry Muller has written an indispensable book correcting myriad misperceptions about capitalism, the Jews, and the affinities between them. He treats troubling subjects such as the relation of Jews to Communism and the persistence of anti-Semitism with exceptional delicacy and common sense. If clarification could bring about correction, this compressed historical account would do much to 'repair the world.'"—Ruth R. Wisse, Harvard University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691153063
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/27/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
906,355
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 2.23(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Thinking about Jews and Capitalism 1

CHAPTER ONE: The Long Shadow of Usury Capitalism and the Jews in Modern European Thought 15

CHAPTER TWO: The Jewish Response to Capitalism Milton Friedman's Paradox Reconsidered 72

CHAPTER THREE: Radical Anticapitalism The Jew as Communist 133

CHAPTER FOUR: The Economics of Nationalism and the Fate of the Jews in Twentieth-Century Europe 189

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 225

Index 255

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