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The Relentless Revolution : A History of Capitalism - Joyce Appleby

The Relentless Revolution

A History of Capitalism

Paperback Published: 7th March 2011
ISBN: 9780393339390
Number Of Pages: 512

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In a beautifully written history, the award-winning UCLA historian gives us an insightful account of the development of capitalism, from its first stirrings in seventeenth-century England to the present worldwide phenomenon. Appleby's overall strategy is to focus on the turning points and the critical factors. She succeeds in restoring the unexpected to this story, showing that what may seem to us inevitable was in fact contingent and surprising. She peoples her story with a fresh cast of characters, including not only the doers but the thinkers - those who first grasped and articulated the new social arrangements taking shape around them. Within her narrative Appleby addresses some important questions: did capitalism originate in the trade of the early-modern world or in some other way? Why the West - why did this set of practices and beliefs get its start there? What about religious belief - what role did that play in the early grwoth of capitalism? Are the business cycles we see all too clearly a necessary component of this dynamic system? Overall a beautifully written introduction to the history of this global phenomenon.

"Stimulating history." -- The New Yorker

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Puzzle of Capitalismp. 3
Trading in New Directionsp. 27
Crucial Developments in the Countrysidep. 56
Commentary on Markets and Human Naturep. 87
The Two Faces of Eighteenth-Century Capitalismp. 121
The Ascent of Germany and the United Statesp. 163
The Industrial Leviathans and Their Opponentsp. 200
Rulers as Capitalistsp. 228
War and Depressionp. 265
A New Level of Prosperityp. 288
Capitalism in New Settingsp. 331
Into the Twenty-first Centuryp. 365
Of Crises and Criticsp. 400
Notesp. 437
Indexp. 461
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ISBN: 9780393339390
ISBN-10: 0393339394
Series: Norton Paperback
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 7th March 2011
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1