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Perilous passage : mankind and the global ascendancy of capital

Author: Amiya Kumar Bagchi
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008
Series: World social change
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Traces the global history of human change and survival under the sway of capitalism since the voyages of Columbus.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amiya Kumar Bagchi
ISBN: 0742539210 9780742539211
OCLC Number: 1040077457
Description: XXV, 395 p. : ill.
Contents: Pt. I: Conceptual issues: Human development and capitalist growth --
History of human development as the subject of history --
Construction of the European miracle --
Profit seeking under actually existing capitalism and human development --
Pt. II: Capitalist competition and human development in Europe --
Race for dominance among the Western European countries since the sixteenth century --
Population growth and mortality between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries: a first look --
The Netherlands: rise and fall of a hegemonic power --
Delayed transtion to a low-mortality regime in Europe and North America --
Literacy in Western Europe since the sixteenth century --
Pt. III: The world beyond Europe in the age of emergence of European dominance --
China's economic development and quality of life between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries --
India under the Mughal rule and after --
Conducting trade in Asia before and after the European advent --
Reconsidering Japanese exceptionalism --
Capitalist competition, colonialism, and the physical well-being of non-European peoples --
Civilizing mission and racialization: from native Americans to Asians --
Civilizing mission in lands taken by European settlers from the original inhabitants --
Intercontinental resource flows sustaining the ascent of the European powers --
Colonial tribute and profits, 1870s onward --
Demographic disasters in the colonies and semicolonies in the heyday of European colonialsm --
Pt. IV: The twentieth century: antisystemic struggles, wars, and challenges to global capital --
Setting the stage for the megawars --
Revolution, Nazism, Japanese militarism, and World War II --
Imperialism and wars in the late twentieth century --
Capitalism and uneven development in the twentieth century --
Destruction and renewal in the neolioberal global order --
Contradictions, challenges, and resistance
Series Title: World social change
Responsibility: Amiya Kumar Bagchi.

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