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Published by Monthly Review Press in New York .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Capitalism -- History

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 123-131) and index.

StatementEllen Meiksins Wood.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsHB501 .W915 1999
The Physical Object
Paginationvii, 138 p. ;
Number of Pages138
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL386220M
ISBN 101583670009
LC Control Number98048940

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capitalism' than an account of how the many obstacles to its forward movement have been lifted sometimes gradually, sometimes suddenly, with revolutionary violence. In most accounts of capitalism and its origin, there really is no origin. Capitalism seems always to be there, somewhere; and it. The history of capitalism as it has operated in the last two hundred years in the realm of Western civilization is the record of a steady rise in the wage earners' standard of living. The inherent mark of capitalism is that it is mass production for mass consumption directed by the most energetic and far-sighted individuals, unflaggingly aiming. The history of capitalism is diverse and has many debated roots, but fully fledged capitalism is generally thought by scholars [specify] [weasel words] to have emerged in Northwestern Europe, especially in Great Britain and the Netherlands, in the 16th to 17th centuries. 'In many respects the history of capitalism is the history most relevant to our times. It's a huge story and is well told in this very important book.' Lawrence H. Summers - Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University.