The Market Revolution in America: Liberty, Ambition, and the Eclipse of the Common Good

The Market Revolution in America: Liberty, Ambition, and the Eclipse of the Common Good

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by John Lauritz Larson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521883652

ISBN-13: 9780521883658

Pub. Date: 10/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The mass industrial democracy that is the modern United States bears little resemblance to the simple agrarian republic that gave it birth. The market revolution is the reason for this dramatic – and ironic – metamorphosis. The resulting tangled frameworks of democracy and capitalism still dominate the world as it responds to the Panic of 2008. Early

Overview

The mass industrial democracy that is the modern United States bears little resemblance to the simple agrarian republic that gave it birth. The market revolution is the reason for this dramatic – and ironic – metamorphosis. The resulting tangled frameworks of democracy and capitalism still dominate the world as it responds to the Panic of 2008. Early Americans experienced what we now call “modernization.” The exhilaration – and pain – they endured have been repeated in nearly every part of the globe. Born of freedom and ambition, the market revolution in America fed on democracy and individualism even while it generated inequality, dependency, and unimagined wealth and power. John Lauritz Larson explores the lure of market capitalism and the beginnings of industrialization in the United States. His research combines an appreciation for enterprise and innovation with recognition of negative and unanticipated consequences of the transition to capitalism and relates economic change directly to American freedom and self-determination, links that remain entirely relevant today.

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ISBN-13:
9780521883658
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2009
Series:
Cambridge Essential Histories Series
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: what do we mean by a market revolution?; 1. First fruits of independence; Interlude: panic! 1819; 2. Marvelous improvements everywhere; Interlude: panic! 1837; 3. Heartless markets, heartless men; 4. How can we explain it?; Epilogue: panic! 2008, deja vu all over again; An essay on the sources.

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