Capitalism: A Short History

Editor/Author Kocka, Jurgen
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 978-0-69-116522-6
Category: Business, Finance & Economics - Economics
Book Status: Pending
Predicted Release Month: Sept 2018
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In this book, one of the worlds most renowned historians provides a concise and comprehensive history of capitalism within a global perspective from its medieval origins to the 2008 financial crisis and beyond. From early commercial capitalism in the Arab world, China, and Europe, to nineteenth- and twentieth-century industrialization, to todays globalized financial capitalism, Jurgen Kocka offers an unmatched account of capitalism, one that weighs its great achievements against its great costs, crises, and failures.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface to the English Edition
  • 1. What Does Capitalism Mean?
  • The Emergence of a Controversial Concept
  • Three Classics: Marx, Weber, and Schumpeter
  • Other Voices and a Working Definition
  • 2. Merchant Capitalism
  • China and Arabia
  • Europe: Dynamic Latecomer
  • Interim Findings around 1500
  • 3. Expansion
  • Business and Violence: Colonialism and World Trade
  • Joint-Stock Company and Finance Capitalism
  • Plantation Economy and Slavery
  • Agrarian Capitalism, Mining, and Proto-Industrialization
  • Capitalism, Culture, and Enlightenment: Adam Smith in Context
  • 4. The Capitalist Era
  • The Contours of Industrialization and Globalization since 1800
  • From Ownership to Managerial Capitalism
  • Financialization
  • Work in Capitalism
  • Market and State
  • 5. Analysis and Critique
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Names