The Genesis of Industrial America, 1870-1920

The Genesis of Industrial America, 1870-1920

by Maury Klein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521859786

ISBN-13: 9780521859783

Pub. Date: 09/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book offers a bold new interpretation of American business history during the formative years 1870-1920, which mark the dawn of modern big business. It focuses on four major revolutions that ushered in this new era: those in power, transportation, communication, and organization. Using the metaphor of America as an economic hothouse uniquely suited to rapid…  See more details below

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This book offers a bold new interpretation of American business history during the formative years 1870-1920, which mark the dawn of modern big business. It focuses on four major revolutions that ushered in this new era: those in power, transportation, communication, and organization. Using the metaphor of America as an economic hothouse uniquely suited to rapid economic growth during these years, it analyzes the interplay of key factors such as entrepreneurial talent, technology, land, natural resources, law, mass markets, and the rise of cities. It also delineates the process that laid the foundation for the modern era, in which virtually every human activity became a business, and, in most cases, a big business. The book also profiles numerous major entrepreneurs whose careers and activities illustrate broader trends and themes. It utilizes a wide variety of sources, including hovels from the period, to produce a lively narrative.

About the Author:
Maury Klein (B.A., Knox College; M.A., Ph.D., Emory University) has been a professor of history at the University of Rhode Island

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521859783
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Series:
Cambridge Essential Histories Series
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword     xi
Introduction: The Business of America     1
Prologue: A Hothouse for Economic Growth     5
The Marvel of Men and Machines     17
The Lure of Lovely and Lucrative Land     35
The Defeat of Distance and Desolation     57
The Potential of Plentiful Power     83
The Fabrication of Familiar Forms     105
Bargaining with Behemoths     131
The Collision of City and Country     153
The Mastery of Mass Markets     177
Epilogue: The Boundaries of Big Business     195
Sources and Suggested Readings     199
Index     207

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