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Beckert, Sven

Works: 36 works in 148 publications in 5 languages and 5,445 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HD9870.5, 338.4767721
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Most widely held works by Sven Beckert
Empire of cotton : a global history by Sven Beckert( Book )

23 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality in the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism. Sven Beckert's rich, fascinating book tells the story of how, in a remarkably brief period, European entrepreneurs and powerful statesmen recast the world's most significant manufacturing industry combining imperial expansion and slave labor with new machines and wage workers to change the world. Here is the story of how, beginning well before the advent of machine production in 1780, these men created a potent innovation (Beckert calls it war capitalism, capitalism based on unrestrained actions of private individuals; the domination of masters over slaves, of colonial capitalists over indigenous inhabitants), and crucially affected the disparate realms of cotton that had existed for millennia. We see how this thing called war capitalism shaped the rise of cotton, and then was used as a lever to transform the world. The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, farmers and merchants, workers and factory owners. In this as in so many other ways, Beckert makes clear how these forces ushered in the modern world. The result is a book as unsettling and disturbing as it is enlightening: a book that brilliantly weaves together the story of cotton with how the present global world came to exist"--
The monied metropolis : New York City and the consolidation of the American bourgeoisie, 1850-1896 by Sven Beckert( Book )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How a small and diverse group of New Yorkers came to wield unprecedented economic, social, and political power is the story that Sven Beckert pursues from 1850 to the turn of the nineteenth century. Blending social, intellectual, and political history, his book reveals the central role of the Civil War in realigning New York City's economic elite, as merchants began to shed their old allegiances to slavery and the Atlantic economy and to cede a greater share of economic power to industrialists. We then see how in the wake of Reconstruction the New York bourgeoisie reoriented its ideology, abandoning the free labor views of the antebellum years for laissez-faire liberalism
Slavery's capitalism : a new history of American economic development( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slavery's Capitalism explores the role of slavery in the development of the U.S. economy during the first decades of the nineteenth century. It tells the history of slavery as a story of national, even global, economic importance and investigates the role of enslaved Americans in the building of the modern world
The American bourgeoisie : distinction and identity in the nineteenth century by Julia B Rosenbaum( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What precisely constitutes an American bourgeoisie? Scholars have grappled with the question for a long time. Economic positions-the ownership of capital, for instance-most obviously defines this group. Control of resources cannot explain, however, the emergence of shared identities or the capacity for collective action: after all, economic interests frequently drove capital-rich Americans apart as they competed for markets or governmental favors. This book argues that one of the most important factors in this respect was the articulation of a shared culture, but this aspect has been neglected by most scholarship on the issue. This volume engages a fundamental disciplinary question about this period in American history: how did the bourgeoisie consolidate their power and fashion themselves not simply as economic leaders but as cultural innovators and arbiters? How did culture help them formulate a sense of themselves as a distinct social group with shared identities, while simultaneously setting themselves apart from other Americans?"--
Empire of cotton : a global history by Sven Beckert( Recording )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of how, European entrepreneurs and powerful statesmen recast the world's most significant manufacturing industry, combining imperial expansion and slave labor with new machines and wage workers to change the world. Beginning well before the advent of machine production in the 1780s, these men captured ancient trades and skills in Asia, combined them with the expropriation of lands in the Americas
Plantation kingdom : the American South and its global commodities by Richard J Follett( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Students need to understand how market demand for certain staple crops created plantations and the slave- and then indentured-labor system, and this book explains it. The third entry in the Cunliffe Series, it examines the cultivation of American tobacco, rice, sugar, and cotton in the context of global economic developments, from the late colonial period through the late nineteenth century. Domestic and foreign demand for these commodities greatly enriched the owners of land and labor (or those who controlled 'free' labor), bringing the grandees prestige and political power. But of course these markets could take away as well as give, so fluctuating demand and over-production often wreaked havoc on the Southern economy--affecting the well-being even of people not directly involved in staple-crop agriculture. So were these crops an advantage or something else? How could even the best of intentions improve race relations when so many whites found themselves caught in the staple-crop net? One lesson this book teaches may be the practical limits on human agency"--
Empire of cotton : a new history of global capitalism by Sven Beckert( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A truly international book, 'Empire of Cotton' tells the story behind the shaping of Britain, American and Indian society as we know it
Katoen : de opkomst van de moderne wereldeconomie by Sven Beckert( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geschiedenis van de katoenteelt, die de aanzet vormde voor wereldwijde industrialisatie en gepaard ging met kolonialisme en slavernij
King Cotton : eine Geschichte des globalen Kapitalismus by Sven Beckert( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in German and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vor mehr als 250 Jahren wurde das Reich errichtet, in dem King Cotton herrscht. Krieg, Sklaverei und Ausbeutung standen an seiner Wiege. Während fremde Kulturen rücksichtslos zerschlagen wurden, häuften Händler im Zusammenspiel mit der Staatsgewalt enorme Vermögen an. Ein neues ökonomisches Prinzip begann seinen globalen Siegeszug. Sven Beckert, Professor für Geschichte an der Harvard-Universität, schildert die Geschichte des Kapitalismus im Spiegel eines Produktes, das heute jeder von uns am Leibe trägt - der Baumwolle. Die Geschichte des Kapitalismus gehört zu den spannendsten Themen der aktu
Bis zum diesem Punkt und nicht weiter : Arbeitsalltag während des Zweiten Weltkriegs in einer Industrieregion Offenbach-Frankfurt by Sven Beckert( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in German and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zeitenwenden : Herrschaft, Selbstbehauptung und Integration zwischen Reformation und Liberalismus : Festgabe für Arno Herzig zum 65. Geburtstag( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in German and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'impero del cotone : una storia globale by Sven Beckert( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in Italian and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il cotone è stato il primo prodotto attraverso il quale è stata avviata la costituzione di un'economia globalizzata e il mondo ha assunto, pur tra metamorfosi e trasformazioni ancora in corso, la forma che ancora oggi possiede. Ben prima dell'avvento della produzione con le macchine nel 1780, imprenditori europei e potenti uomini politici ridisegnarono l'industria manifatturiera mondiale, la cui espansione imperialista poggiava sullo sfruttamento inumano degli schiavi nelle piantagioni e degli operai nelle fabbriche. In apparenza, il volume si propone come una storia, dalle origini ai giorni nostri, del prodotto più importante del XVIII e del XIX secolo: la sua produzione, trasformazione, circolazione. In realtà, attraverso il prisma del cotone, è del capitalismo industriale che Sven Beckert vuole tracciare la storia globale, nelle sue dimensioni e componenti fondamentali, non solo economiche e tecnologiche, ma anche sociali, giuridiche, politiche. E il cotone può legittimamente assurgere al ruolo di prisma, poiché è proprio a partire da esso che il capitalismo industriale è nato. Beckert definisce "capitalismo di guerra" l'insieme dei processi di insediamento imperialista, conquista coloniale, espropriazione della terra, sfruttamento intensivo di forza lavoro schiavistica, che consentiranno al Regno Unito di controllare, già nei primi decenni del XIX secolo, il mercato mondiale del cotone
History of American capitalism by Sven Beckert( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reliquiare als Heiligkeitsbeweis und Echtheitszeugnis by Bruno Reudenbach( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in German and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El imperio del algodón : Una historia global by Sven Beckert( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in Spanish and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slavery's Capitalism : A New History of American Economic Development by Sven Beckert( Recording )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the nineteenth century, the United States entered the ranks of the world's most advanced and dynamic economies. At the same time, the nation sustained an expansive and brutal system of human bondage. This was no mere coincidence. Slavery's Capitalism argues for slavery's centrality to the emergence of American capitalism in the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War. According to editors Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman, the issue is not whether slavery itself was or was not capitalist but, rather, the impossibility of understanding the nation's spectacular pattern of economic development without situating slavery front and center. American capitalism--renowned for its celebration of market competition, private property, and the self-made man--has its origins in an American slavery predicated on the abhorrent notion that human beings could be legally owned and compelled to work under force of violence.Drawing on the expertise of sixteen scholars who are at the forefront of rewriting the history of American economic development, Slavery's Capitalism identifies slavery as the primary force driving key innovations in entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, management, and political economy that are too often attributed to the so-called free market. Approaching the study of slavery as the originating catalyst for the Industrial Revolution and modern capitalism casts new light on American credit markets, practices of offshore investment, and understandings of human capital. Rather than seeing slavery as outside the institutional structures of capitalism, the essayists recover slavery's importance to the American economic past and prompt enduring questions about the relationship of market freedom to human freedom.Contributors: Edward E. Baptist, Sven Beckert, Daina Ramey Berry, Kathryn Boodry, Alfred L. Brophy, Stephen Chambers, Eric Kimball, John Majewski, Bonnie Martin, Seth Rockman, Daniel B. Rood, Caitlin Rosenthal, Joshua D. Rothman, Calvin Schermerhorn, Andrew Shankman, Craig Steven Wilder
The making of New York City's bourgeoisie, 1850-1886 by Sven Beckert( )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Capital and power : New York City and the rise of the American bourgeoisie by Sven Beckert( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El imperio del algodón : Una historia global by Beatriz Eguibar( )

1 edition published in 2016 in Spanish and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nos educaron en una visión de la historia que presentaba el auge de la civilización industrial como una de las cimas del progreso humano; el algodón, la industria más importante del mundo hasta 1900, tenía un papel dominante en esta epopeya del capitalismo. Sven Beckert, profesor de historia de la Universidad de Harvard, nos muestra ahora la cara oculta de este proceso y denuncia cómo este auge se asentó en una explotación inhumana de los esclavos en las plantaciones, lo que impulsó la expansión del dominio imperial del mundo, y de los trabajadores en las fábricas. Beckert, nos dice Thomas Bender, ha culminado una obra extraordinaria, investigando en los archivos de todos los continentes para construir un relato que nos llega con una prosa fascinante y unos argumentos claros y convincentes. Daniel Walker Howe, profesor emérito de la universidades de Oxford y de California, afirma: Este libro debería ser apasionadamente leído, no solo por los especialistas y los estudiantes, sino por el público lector inteligente
Workers in hard times : a long view of economic crises by Leon Fink( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Seeking to historicize today's "Great Recession," this volume of essays situates the current economic crisis and its impact on workers in the context of previous abrupt shifts in the modern-day capitalist marketplace. Contributors use examples from industrialized North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia to demonstrate how workers and states have responded to those shifts and to their disempowering effects on labor. Since the Industrial Revolution, contributors argue, factors such as race, sex, and state intervention have mediated both the effect of economic depressions on workers' lives and workers' responses to those depressions. Contributors also posit a varying dynamic between political upheaval and economic crises, and between workers and the welfare state. The volume ends with an examination of today's "Great Recession": its historical distinctiveness, its connection to neoliberalism, and its attendant expressions of worker status and agency around the world. A sobering conclusion lays out a likely future for workers--one not far removed from the instability and privation of the nineteenth century. The essays in this volume offer up no easy solutions to the challenges facing today's workers. Nevertheless, they make clear that cogent historical thinking is crucial to understanding those challenges, and they push us toward a rethinking of the relationship between capital and labor, the waged and unwaged, and the employed and jobless."--Publisher's website
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The monied metropolis : New York City and the consolidation of the American bourgeoisie, 1850-1896
Alternative Names
Beckert, Sven 1965-

Sven Beckert American historian

Sven Beckert Duits historicus

Sven Beckert historiador estadounidense

Sven Beckert historien allemand

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English (98)

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The American bourgeoisie : distinction and identity in the nineteenth centuryCapital and power : New York City and the rise of the American bourgeoisie