The Rise of Modern Business: Great Britain, the United States, Germany, Japan, and China / Edition 3

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Overview

The Rise of Modern Business compares and analyzes the development of business and business institutions in several countries from the preindustrial era to the present. Paying close attention to connections between business development and political, social, and cultural changes, Blackford addresses both manufacturing and nonmanufacturing firms, small firms as well as big businesses. For this third edition, he updates his study in light of new scholarship, with special attention paid to the structural diversity of business firms and with a timely discussion about the reciprocal relationship between business and the environment. The business history of Germany is extensively updated, and there is entirely new coverage of the business history of China, a country whose growing political and economic prowess on the world stage demands the historical and contextual understanding of business scholars today.
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"Engaging and informative."
CHOICE

This book is one that students will return to regularly to get their bearings in a broad field.
—Journal of American History

A major and helpful analytical framework and a rich review of recent literature.
—Choice

An invaluable introduction to the rich variety of business experience in the leading capitalist economies.
&#151Thomas K. McCraw, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807858868
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2008
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,113,558
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mansel Blackford is professor of history at Ohio State University. He is author of a dozen books, including A History of Small Business in America (from the University of North Carolina Press) and Pathways to the Present: Development and Its Consequences in America's Pacific Possessions.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Preindustrial Businesses: The Time of the Merchant     6
The Many Paths to Industrialization     37
British and German Businesses during Industrialization     63
Big and Small Businesses in Industrializing America     86
Japanese and Chinese Businesses during Industrialization     107
American, British, and German Businesses in the Interwar Period     139
Japanese and Chinese Businesses in the Interwar Period     169
National Businesses in an Expanding International Economy     193
Into the Twenty-First Century     231
Conclusion: Convergence and Divergence in World Businesses     257
Index     269

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