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Means and ends : the idea of capital in the West, 1500-1970

Author: Francesco Boldizzoni
Publisher: Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
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"The idea of capital dominated the imagination of Western society throughout the era of its greatest economic development, from the Industrial Revolution up to the 1970s. Means and Ends provides a unique and comprehensive interpretation of this idea, examining it both within and outside a political economy framework, and tracing its rise and evolution from the sixteenth century through to the modern era. Based on a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Boldizzoni, Francesco, 1979-
Means and ends.
Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008
(OCoLC)609031339
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Francesco Boldizzoni
ISBN: 9780230572577 023057257X
OCLC Number: 223370163
Description: viii, 221 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1 Capital as Money: The Emergence of Modernity 8 --
Before capitalism: The prehistory of a word 10 --
Middle Ages and Renaissance 11 --
A modern disenchantment 13 --
Economics and theology: The long sixteenth century 17 --
The years of high theory 21 --
2 Land and Labour, 1650-1800 25 --
Money is the fat of the body-politick' 26 --
The maieutics of production 27 --
Agriculture as principle of wealth 29 --
The primacy of nature in France 31 --
'Art' and 'industry': The incubation of the English spirit 35 --
The science of productivity 37 --
3 Reproduction and Transition 40 --
One rich economy but with no drive, another constantly on the move: France and Britain in the eighteenth century 40 --
Money and the Physiocrats 45 --
A system based on avarices 47 --
The job of the capitalist 50 --
A eulogy of finance 52 --
Earnings on capital 53 --
Progress and poverty: British thought at the start of the Industrial Revolution 54 --
A (limited) vision of development 56 --
Agriculture and manufacturing 58 --
Circulating capital in Smith and Ricardo 61 --
4 Industrial Maturity 65 --
A new idea of capital 66 --
Technology and accumulation 68 --
Towards self-expansion of the system 72 --
Ideas and reality: A quantitative view 80 --
The Revolt of 1867 84 --
The social nature of capital 85 --
The form of capital: A phylogenetic approach 87 --
The age of machinery I. Manufacturing and industry: Difference of kind, not of degree 89 --
The age of machinery II. The destruction of the social fabric 93 --
Primitive accumulation 96 --
Revisions and self-interpretations: Marx and Anglo-Marxism 98 --
The Atlantic Reaction 108 --
The economic virtues of Victorian Britain 109 --
The sentimental education of Marshall 111 --
Accumulation of capital and civil progress 112 --
The defence of capital in America 116 --
The spectre of communism takes form 117 --
Social Darwinism and predestination 119 --
Distribution as a fact of nature: J.B. Clark 121 --
The Continent, 1870-1938 126 --
The legacy of the 'Austrias' 128 --
German socialism 133 --
Italy and France: An excursus 138 --
The return of the Popes 143 --
The Eastern border 146 --
Keynes and After: Crisis and Continuity 150 --
Britain's decline and the challenge of affluence 151 --
Keynes and the Great Depression: A new economic ethics? 153 --
The generation divide at Cambridge 155 --
Accumulation as a moral duty: Joan Robinson 158 --
Beginning and end of a controversy 163 --
Where are we heading? 167.
Responsibility: Francesco Boldizzoni.
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