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Capitalism stands unrivalled as the most enduring economic system of our times. Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc the world has become a new stage for capital, and yet despite this dominance capitalism is still not widely understood. It remains a subject of enduring interest that is discovered and rediscovered over time by each successive generation of students.


Exploring the life of this world-shaping system and the writings of leading ...

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Capitalism

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Overview

Capitalism stands unrivalled as the most enduring economic system of our times. Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc the world has become a new stage for capital, and yet despite this dominance capitalism is still not widely understood. It remains a subject of enduring interest that is discovered and rediscovered over time by each successive generation of students.


Exploring the life of this world-shaping system and the writings of leading thinkers, this study also now takes into account recent developments, including the impact of the Global Financial Crisis and the complexities of China’s political economy. Paul Bowles addresses these key questions:


 


-         what are the central, unchanging features of capitalism?


-         how does capitalism vary from place to place and over time?


-         does capitalism improve our lives?


-         is capitalism a system which is ‘natural’ and ‘free’? Or is it unjust and unstable?


-         what about today’s global capitalism?


-         will capitalism destroy or liberate us?


 


This updated edition of a classic text is now supported by a comprehensive documents section, chronology and who’s who, as well as a new colour plate section. It offers a concise, lucid and thought-provoking introduction for undergraduate students or anyone with an interest in this most pervasive, long lasting and adaptable yet crisis-ridden of economic systems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317860808
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/6/2014
  • Series: Seminar Studies
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,358,920
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Paul Bowlesis a graduate of the London School of Economics and is currently affiliated with universities in China, Mexicoand Canada. He has had a long-standing interest in capitalism and its evolution, recently doing research on the issue of “globalisation”. He has published widely on both globalisation and East Asian development and has also been involved in a project looking at economic reform in China.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter One How To Think About Capitalism
Chapter Two Capitalism as a System: Natural and Free
Chapter Three Capitalism as a System: Unjust and Unstable
Chapter Four Empire and Crises 1870-1945
Chapter Five Post-1945 Capitalism:Variations Across Countries
Chapter Six Post-1945 Capitalism:Variations Over Time
Chapter Seven Global Capitalism
References

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