American Capitalism: New Histories (Columbia Studies in the by Sven Beckert

By Sven Beckert

the us has lengthy epitomized capitalism. From its enterprising shopkeepers, wildcat banks, violent slave plantations, and raucous commodities alternate to its world-spanning multinationals, its giant factories, and the centripetal strength of recent York on this planet of finance, the US has formed political economic climate for 2 centuries and extra. yet an figuring out of “capitalism” is as elusive because it is pressing. What does it suggest to make capitalism an issue of ancient inquiry? what's its strength throughout a number of disciplines, along assorted methodologies, and in quite a number geographic and chronological settings? and the way does a spotlight on capitalism switch our knowing of yank history?

American Capitalism collects state of the art examine from favorite students, sampling the newest paintings within the box. instead of a monolithic point of view, those broad-minded and rigorous essays enterprise new angles on finance and debt, women’s rights, slavery and political economic system, hard work, and rules, between different issues. jointly, the essays recommend rising subject matters within the box: a fascination with capitalism because it is made via public authority, the way it is skilled within the element of way of life, the way it spreads around the globe, and the way it may be reconceptualized as a discrete and quantified item. a tremendous assertion for a wide-open box, this ebook demonstrates the breadth and scope of the paintings the background of capitalism can provoke.

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