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Capitalism : a short history

Author: Jürgen Kocka; Jeremiah Riemer
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The author provides a concise and comprehensive history of capitalism within a global perspective from its medieval origins to the 2008 financial crisis and beyond. The author offers an account of capitalism that weighs its great achievements against its great costs, crises, and failures. The book puts the rise of capitalist economies in social, political, and cultural context, and shows how their current problems  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jürgen Kocka; Jeremiah Riemer
ISBN: 9780691165226 069116522X
OCLC Number: 908083952
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: "First published in Germany under 'Geschichte des Kapitalismus, ' by Jürgen Kocka, ©2014"--Title page verso.
Description: viii, 198 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: What does capitalism mean? --
Merchant capitalism --
Expansion --
The capitalist era --
Analysis and critique. 1. What does capitalism mean? The emergence of a controversial concept ; Three classics: Marx, Weber, and Schumpeter ; Other voices and a working definition --
2. Merchant capitalism. China and Arabia ; Europe: dynamic latecomer ; Interim findings around 1500 --
3. Expansion. Business and violence: colonialism and world trade ; Joint-stock company and finance capitalism ; Plantation economy and slavery ; Agrarian capitalism, mining, and proto-industrialization ; Capitalism, culture, and enlightenment: Adam Smith in context --
4. The capitalist era. The contours of industrialization and globalization since 1800 ; From ownership to managerial capitalism ; Financialization ; Work in capitalism ; Market and state --
5. Analysis and critique.
Other Titles: Geschichte des Kapitalismus.
Responsibility: Jürgen Kocka ; translated by Jeremiah Riemer.
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2016 "'Capitalism' is a commonly used term that resists simple definition or straightforward history. Kocka adds lucidity and erudition in this Read more...

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