The Origin of Capitalism The Origin of Capitalism

The Origin of Capitalism

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An expanded new edition of the classic, pithy account of capitalism’s origins—“a must read” for students of political theory and anyone interested in economic thought (Choice)

How did the dynamic economic system we know as capitalism develop among the peasants and lords of feudal Europe?


In The Origin of Capitalism, a now-classic work of history, Ellen Meiksins Wood offers readers a clear and accessible introduction to the theories and debates concerning the birth of capitalism, imperialism, and the modern nation state. Capitalism is not a natural and inevitable consequence of human nature, nor simply an extension of age-old practices of trade and commerce. Rather, it is a late and localized product of very specific historical conditions, which required great transformations in social relations and in the relationship between humans and nature.
 
This new edition is substantially revised and expanded, with extensive new material on imperialism, anti-Eurocentric history, capitalism and the nation-state, and the differences between capitalism and non-capitalist commerce. The author traces links between the origin of capitalism and contemporary conditions such as ‘globalization’, ecological degradation, and the current agricultural crisis.

GENRE
Politics & Current Events
RELEASED
2002
June 16
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
216
Pages
PUBLISHER
Verso Books
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
875.6
KB

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