The Cambridge History of Capitalism 2 Volume Set

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The Cambridge History of Capitalism is a comprehensive two-volume work that provides an authoritative account of the evolution of capitalism and its spread and impact across the world. Adopting a wide geographical coverage and strong comparative perspective, an international team of leading scholars delve deep into the historical roots of capitalism and provide a definitive reference on the global development of capitalism and the varieties of responses to it. Volume I traces the rise of capitalism from distant ...
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Overview

The Cambridge History of Capitalism is a comprehensive two-volume work that provides an authoritative account of the evolution of capitalism and its spread and impact across the world. Adopting a wide geographical coverage and strong comparative perspective, an international team of leading scholars delve deep into the historical roots of capitalism and provide a definitive reference on the global development of capitalism and the varieties of responses to it. Volume I traces the rise of capitalism from distant origins in ancient Babylon to modern times, determining what features of modern capitalism were present at each time and place, and why the various precursors of capitalism did not survive. Volume II explores the global consequences that capitalism has had for industry, agriculture and trade, along with the reactions by governments, firms and markets. These groundbreaking volumes will have widespread appeal amongst historians, economists and political scientists.
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Editorial Reviews

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"In many respects the history of capitalism is the history most relevant to our times. It's a huge story and is well told in this very important book."
Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University

"The two editors of The Cambridge History of Capitalism have done an excellent job in assembling an all-star group of scholars in presenting first-rate essays dealing with the development and accomplishments of capitalism and the important impacts of national and international markets for labor, capital, and goods throughout the world. These studies range in time from ancient Babylonia to today. All essays are superbly researched and highly informative in detailing the contributions of markets and of capitalism to global political and economic development."
Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester, New York

"This is a book we have been waiting for: an authoritative analysis of the rise and development of global capitalism, inspired by the great classical economists and written by a team of excellent experts in the field. A fine update of our knowledge about one of the big questions in the social sciences."
Jan Luiten van Zanden, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands

"Excellent … a wide-ranging tour of capitalism."
The Economist

"… these carefully written surveys and case studies will stand the test of time."
John George Kendall, Reference Reviews

"The editors deserve praise for assembling such a diverse and distinguished group of authors while maintaining coherence and cross-referencing across chapters … the two volumes make a strong case that economic history as currently practiced is essential for an understanding of capitalism and its history."
David Mitch, EH.Net

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107036949
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Pages: 1400
  • Sales rank: 767,535
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume I: 1. Introduction Larry Neal; 2. Babylonia in the first millennium BC – economic growth in times of empire Michael Jursa; 3. Capitalism and the ancient Greek economy Alain Bresson; 4. Re-constructing the Roman economy Willem M. Jongman; 5. Trans-Asian trade, or the Silk Road deconstructed (Antiquity, Middle Ages) Étienne de la Vaissière; 6. China before capitalism R. Bin Wong; 7. Capitalism in India in the very long run Tirthankar Roy; 8. Institutional change and economic development in the Middle East, 700–1800 Şevket Pamuk; 9. Markets and coercion in medieval Europe Karl Gunnar Persson; 10. The Via Italiana to capitalism Luciano Pezzolo; 11. The Low Countries Oscar Gelderblom and Joost Jonker; 12. The formation of states and transitions to modern economies: England, Europe and Asia compared Patrick Karl O'Brien; 13. Pre-Columbian and Iberian America Richard Salvucci; 14. The emergence of African capitalism Morten Jerven; 15. Native Americans and exchange: strategies and interactions before 1800 Ann M. Carlos and Frank D. Lewis; 16. British and European industrialization C. Knick Harley; 17. America: capitalism's promised land Jeremy Atack; 18. The political economy of rising capitalism José Luís Cardoso; Index. Volume II: 1. Introduction: the spread of and resistance to global capitalism Kevin H. O'Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson; 2. The spread of manufacturing Robert C. Allen; 3. Growth, specialization and organization of world agriculture Giovanni Federico; 4. Technology and the spread of capitalism Kristine Bruland and David C. Mowery; 5. Spread of legal innovations defining private and public domains Ron Harris; 6. Firms and global capitalism Geoffrey Jones; 7. Enterprise models: freestanding firms versus family pyramids Randall Morck and Bernard Yeung; 8. Financial capitalism Ranald Michie; 9. International capital movements and the global order Harold James; 11. Capitalism at war Mark Harrison; 12. Modern capitalism: enthusiasts, opponents, and reformers Jeffry Frieden and Ronald Rogowski; 13. Labor movements Michael Huberman; 14. 'Private welfare and the welfare state' Peter H. Lindert; 15. Capitalism and human welfare Leandro Prados de la Escosura; 16. The future of capitalism Larry Neal and Jeffrey G. Williamson; Index.
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