The Pristine Culture of Capitalism: A Historical Essay on Old Regimes and Modern States

The Pristine Culture of Capitalism: A Historical Essay on Old Regimes and Modern States

by Ellen Meiksins Wood, Ellen Meiksins-Wood
     
 

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Capitalism was born in England, yet the dominant Western conceptions of modernity have come from elsewhere, notably from France, the historical model of "bourgeois" society. In this lively and wide-ranging book, Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that what is supposed to have epitomized bourgeois modernity, especially the emergence of a "modern" state and political

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Capitalism was born in England, yet the dominant Western conceptions of modernity have come from elsewhere, notably from France, the historical model of "bourgeois" society. In this lively and wide-ranging book, Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that what is supposed to have epitomized bourgeois modernity, especially the emergence of a "modern" state and political culture in Continental Europe, signaled the persistence of precapitalist social property relations. Conversely, the absence of a "modern" state and political discourse in England testified to the presence of a well-developed capitalism.

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Christopher Hill
“A breath of fresh air … This book made me think about, and rethink, seventeenth-century English history more than any I have read in decades … a pleasure to read.”
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“A breath of fresh air ... This book made me think about, and rethink, seventeenth-century English history more than any I have read in decades ... a pleasure to read.”
—Christopher Hill

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ISBN-13:
9780860915720
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
12/17/1991
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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