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The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

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by Joyce Appleby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393068943

ISBN-13: 9780393068948

Pub. Date: 01/04/2010

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The unlikely development of a potent historical force, told with grace, insight, and authority by one of our best historians.

With its deep roots and global scope, the capitalist system provides the framework for our lives. It is a framework of constant change, sometimes measured and predictable, sometimes drastic and out of control. Yet what is

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The unlikely development of a potent historical force, told with grace, insight, and authority by one of our best historians.

With its deep roots and global scope, the capitalist system provides the framework for our lives. It is a framework of constant change, sometimes measured and predictable, sometimes drastic and out of control. Yet what is now ubiquitous was not always so. Capitalism took shape centuries ago, starting with a handful of isolated changes in farming, trade, and manufacturing, clustered in early-modern England. Astute observers began to notice these changes and consider 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.

The centuries-long history of capitalism is rich and eventful. Approaching capitalism as a culture, as important for its ideas and values as for its inventions and systems, Joyce Appleby gives us a fascinating introduction to this most potent creation of mankind from its origins to now.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393068948
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/04/2010
Pages:
494
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.56(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

1 The Puzzle of Capitalism 3

2 Trading in New Directions 27

3 Crucial Developments in the Countryside 56

4 Commentary on Markets and Human Nature 87

5 The Two Faces of Eighteenth-Century Capitalism 121

6 The Ascent of Germany and the United States 163

7 The Industrial Leviathans and Their Opponents 200

8 Rulers as Capitalists 228

9 War and Depression 265

10 A New Level of Prosperity 288

11 Capitalism in New Settings 331

12 Into the Twenty-first Century 365

13 Of Crises and Critics 400

Notes 437

Index 461

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