Can capitalist societies permit the uncapitalist? Can capitalism outwit communism by achieving communism's many goals? Is capitalism truely the "end of the World"? In this book John Weber looks at the give-and-take of modern world history. He draws on examples from Europe, the US and the developing world to suggest that the modern political landscape is not polorized between pure socialist and capitalist regimes. Weber shows how society's political fabric has been shaped by "concessions", creating a "socially mixed economy" of capitalism laced with socialism. The study illuminates the eagerness of Communist-led countries to embrace aspects of the market economy. However, "pure socialism" has not been abandoned for "pure capitalism". This book should be useful to economists, political scientists and historians seeking to understand that social gains can develop within opposed political systems.
Weber's understanding of the 'end of ideology' in the Yeltsin years is the best brief treatment of the subject that I have seen. -- Paul Buhle, Brown University
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 12th September 2001
Publisher: Lexington Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42