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Capitalism: A Short History
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    J�rgen Kocka
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  • J�rgen Kocka
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  • Business & Economics > Free Enterprise & Capitalism
  • English
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A comprehensive and concise history of capitalism from its origins to today

In this authoritative and accessible book, one of the world's 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 today's globalized financial capitalism, J�rgen Kocka offers an unmatched account of capitalism, one that weighs its great achievements against its great costs, crises, and failures. Based on intensive research, the book puts the rise of capitalist economies in social, political, and cultural context, and shows how their current problems and foreseeable future are connected to a long history.

Sweeping in scope, the book describes how capitalist expansion was connected to colonialism; how industrialism brought unprecedented innovation, growth, and prosperity but also increasing inequality; and how managerialism, financialization, and globalization later changed the face of capitalism. The book also addresses the idea of capitalism in the work of thinkers such as Marx, Weber, and Schumpeter, and chronicles how criticism of capitalism is as old as capitalism itself, fed by its persistent contradictions and recurrent emergencies.

Authoritative and accessible, Capitalism is an enlightening account of a force that has shaped the modern world like few others.

Capitalism: A Short History

Author Bio

Jürgen Kocka is a permanent fellow at Humboldt University of Berlin and former president of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. In 2011, he received the Holberg Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the scholarly world.

F1988 he was professor for social history at the university of Bielefeld and from 1988 to 2009 professor for the history of the industrial world at the Free University, Berlin. 

From 2001 to 2007 he was president of the WZB Social Research Center in Berlin and from 2007 to 2009 he took up a research professorship at the center in ‘historical social science’. From 1998 to 2009 he was director of the Berlin School for Comparative European History (BKVGE). 

Since 2009 he has been a permanent fellow at the IGK “Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History” at Humboldt University, Berlin and a senior fellow at the Potsdam Centre for Research into Contemporary History.

 

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