The Relentless Revolution

The Relentless Revolution

A History of Capitalism

Book - 2010 | 1st ed
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With its deep roots and global scope, the capitalist system provides the framework for our lives. It is a framework of constant change, sometimes measured and predictable, sometimes drastic and out of control. Yet what is now ubiquitous was not always so. Capitalism took shape centuries ago, starting with a handful of isolated changes in farming, trade, and manufacturing, clustered in early-modern England. Astute observers began to notice these changes and consider their effects. Those in power began to harness these new practices to the state, enhancing both. A system generating wealth, power, and new ideas arose to reshape societies in a constant surge of change.The centuries-long history of capitalism is rich and eventful. Approaching capitalism as a culture, as important for its ideas and values as for its inventions and systems, Joyce Appleby gives us a fascinating introduction to this most potent creation of mankind from its origins to now.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Co., c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393068948
Branch Call Number: 330.122 APP 2010
Characteristics: xii, 494 p. ; 25 cm


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Mar 25, 2015

Oh, heaven help us! More revisionism [normally I wouldn't comment on this book, but it was in the queue], more reframing of history to fit the author's indoctrinated misperceptions. Try reading, for real intellectual honesty: The Invention of Capitalism, by Michael Perelman, Gangs of America, by Ted Nace, Private Equity at Work, by Professors Appelbaum and Batt, and Web of Debt, by Ellen Brown. [This book by Appleby reminds me of being taught that David Sarnoff invented television, when he stole it from Philo Farnsworth [along with stealing FM radio from Edwin Armstrong, et cetera].

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