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The Anxious Triumph A Global History of Capitalism, 1860-1914

The Anxious Triumph A Global History of Capitalism, 1860-1914

Author: Donald Sassoon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

Capitalist enterprise has existed in some form since ancient times, but the globalization and dominance of capitalism as a system began in the 1860s, when states all over the world developed their modern political frameworks: the unifications of Italy and Germany, the establishment of a republic in France, the elimination of slavery in the American south, the Meiji Restoration in Japan, the emancipation of the serfs in Tsarist Russia. This book magnificently explores how, after the upheavals of industrialisation, a truly global capitalism followed. For the first time in the history of humanity, a social system was able to provide a high level of consumption for the majority. Today, capitalism dominates the world. With wide-ranging scholarship, Donald Sassoon analyses the impact of capitalism on the histories of many different states, and how it creates winners and losers by constantly innovating. This chronic instability produces the anxious triumph of his title. To alleviate such anxieties it was necessary to create a national community, to develop a welfare state, to intervene in the market economy, and to protect it from foreign competition. Capitalists needed a state to discipline them, to nurture them, and to sacrifice a few to save the rest: a state overseeing the war of all against all. Vigorous, argumentative, surprising and constantly stimulating, The Anxious Triumph gives a fresh perspective on all these questions and on its era. It is a masterpiece by one of Britain's most engaging and wide-ranging historians.

GATT and Global Order in the Postwar Era

GATT and Global Order in the Postwar Era

Author: Francine (University of Western Ontario) McKenzie Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

After the Second World War, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) promoted trade liberalization to help make the world prosperous and peaceful. Francine McKenzie uses case studies of the Cold War, the creation of the EEC and other regional trade agreements, development, and agriculture, to show that trade is a primary goal of foreign policy, a dominant (and divisive) aspect of international relations, and a vital component of global order. She unpacks the many ways in which trade was politicised, and the layers of meaning associated with trade; trade policies, as well as disputes about trade, communicated ideas, hopes and fears that were linked to larger questions of identity, sovereignty, and status. This study reveals how the economic and political dimensions of foreign policy and international engagement intersected, showing that trade was not only instrumentalised in the service of particular policies or relations but that it was also an essential aspect of international relations.

Slowdown The End of the Great Acceleration-and Why It's Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives

Slowdown The End of the Great Acceleration-and Why It's Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives

Author: Danny Dorling Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2020

A powerful and counterintuitive argument that we should welcome the current slowdown-of population growth, economies, and technological innovation Drawing from an incredibly rich trove of global data, this groundbreaking book reveals that human progress has been slowing down since the early 1970s. Danny Dorling uses compelling visualizations to illustrate how fertility rates, growth in GDP per person, increases in life expectancy, and even the frequency of new social movements have all steadily declined over the last few generations. Perhaps most surprising of all is the fact that even as new technologies frequently reshape our everyday lives and are widely believed to be propelling our civilization into new and uncharted waters, the rate of technological progress is also rapidly dropping. Rather than lament this turn of events, Dorling embraces it as a moment of promise and a move toward stability, and he notes that many of the older great strides in progress that have defined recent history also brought with them widespread warfare, divided societies, and massive inequality.

Business and Community in Medieval England The Cambridge Hundred Rolls Sources Volume

Business and Community in Medieval England The Cambridge Hundred Rolls Sources Volume

Author: Catherine Casson, Mark Casson, John S. Lee, Katie Phillips Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2020

One of the most important manuscripts survived from the thirteenth-century England, the documents known as the Hundred Rolls for Cambridge have been incomplete until the recent discovery of an additional roll. Offering new translations and additional appendixes, this invaluable volume replaces the previous inaccurate transcription by the Record Commission of 1818.

Compassionate Capitalism Business and Community in Medieval England

Compassionate Capitalism Business and Community in Medieval England

Author: Catherine Casson, Mark Casson, John S. Lee, Katie Phillips Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2020

The idea of corporate social responsibility may seem like a recent trend, but the previously unpublished historical documents on Cambridge's sophisticated urban property market reveal that businesses have been practicing what is sometimes referred to as Compassionate Capitalism for nearly a thousand years. This transdisciplinary study presents an invaluable contribution to our knowledge of the early phases of capitalism.

The Hidden Cost of Economic Development The Biological Standard of Living in Antebellum Pennsylvania

The Hidden Cost of Economic Development The Biological Standard of Living in Antebellum Pennsylvania

Author: Timothy Cuff Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2020

Originally published in 2005. During the mid-nineteenth century, the American economy grew rapidly as industrialization began to take a firm hold on the nation, and per capita net national product increased significantly. Yet despite this economic bustle and increased affluence, signs of adversity associated with the structural changes from a primarily agricultural, to an industrial economy can be detected. As this book demonstrates, the onset of modern economic growth impinged upon the health and biological well-being of the men and women experiencing that rapid structural transformation. Using detailed statistical analysis of Civil War enlistment records, this book examines the relationship between economic change and changes in the biological standard of living. It argues that industrialization had hidden costs - even in the United States with its abundant resources. Population growth, urbanization and market integration all seem to have had a deleterious effect on the biological well-being of the population, which can be measured in biological statistics. Appealing to a wide circle of scholars, including historians, anthropologists and economists, this book introduces a new conceptualization of the standard of living, and explores social differences in welfare during the period considered. It shows that expansion of the market can be a two-edged sword in that it can increase incomes but simultaneously have an adverse effect on the health and nutritional status of the children living through those times. This conclusion is reached through close analysis of an extensive new data set obtained meticulously from the United States National Archive.

The Cotton Industry and Trade

The Cotton Industry and Trade

Author: S.J. Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

First published in 1905, this volume on the Cotton Industry emerged in the context of Joseph Chamberlain's proposed Tariff Reform and provided an academic perspective on the industry. The author, S.J. Chapman, was an established historian of Lancashire cotton and produced this volume as an elementary introduction to the economics of the industry and some of its issues. He discusses the raw material, industrial and commercial history, British trade and foreign tariffs, exploring the historical influence of tariffs on the cotton trade and including two articles reprinted from the Manchester Guardian. The newspaper was strongly affiliated with the Liberal Party who would win a landslide victory the following year based in part on their opposition to Tariff Reform.

Profitability, Mechanization and Economies of Scale

Profitability, Mechanization and Economies of Scale

Author: Dudley Jackson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

First published in 1998, this book introduces a new concept of profitability, called the 'efficiency rate of profit', which is defined as the ratio between the unit net margin and the unit capital requirement and shows how the efficiency rate of profit may be used in the assessment of mechanization and economies of scale. The book also shows how the efficiency rate of profit relates to the financial opportunity cost of investment, thus resolving the long-standing controversy over 'interest as a cost'. Using real-world plant-level data, the book explains fully the process of mechanization, how increasing returns to scale works at the plant level through power rule relating plant or equipment cost to capacity and how and why it is more cost effective to combine mechanization with expanding the scale of production in one combined 'package' of efficiency improvement.

The Russian Economy

The Russian Economy

Author: Yuval (Harvard University) Weber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2020

The tentative and inconsistent use of the market defines Russia's modern economic history. Its leaders, dating back to Tsarist times, have sought control over economic activity - but not consistently - shifting in policy in reaction to the perceived security threat of falling behind competitors instead of seeking growth for its own sake. The story has frequently been dramatic. From the nineteenth century Witte/Stolypin reforms to Lenin's New Economic Policy through to the high Soviet Koysgin/Liberman years and latterly Gorbachev's Perestroika, Yeltsin and Gaidar's shock therapy and Putin's management of a natural resource-based economy, the tensions between the demands of a security state and integration into the international economy have not been resolved. Yuval Weber's short economic history of modern Russia surveys all key data from the mid-1960s to the present as well as examining regional imbalances, the functional welfare of its military-industrial complex, rising consumerism, and this vast country's legacy of social commitments and centralisation and uneven levels of globalization. This title in the World Economies series also highlights the relevance of human factors - ethnic communities, struggles with health and demography - and a strong education system bequeathed to it by the USSR. Looking at future prospects it also explores the micro-foundations and leadership norms of Russia's sistema (system) and why these may continue to inhibit openness to political features of the liberal world and to the uncertainties of outright market liberalization. This deep and comprehensive account will be of great value to interested readers at all levels.

The Chinese Economy

The Chinese Economy

Author: Stephen L. (University of Nottingham Ningbo China) Morgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2020

China's transformation over the past four decades has been unprecedented. The vision of its leaders for the next three decades is unprecedented too. Stephen Morgan's analysis of China's recent economic history examines the Chinese state's quest to become the first economy to avoid the middle income trap without significant political and social liberalization. The book examines debates about the Chinese economic story from the time of the great divergence to the present day and considers wider issues beyond the usual GDP indicators, including well-being and human capital, business and the culture of management, ageing, urbanization and sustainability, consumerism, health, education and the environment with all their interlinked challenges. Whilst all key economic data are considered in context, the book analyses the specifics of development - capitalism from above and below and regional variances - and notably inequality where China has changed from one of the most equal countries to one of the most unequal. The book concludes with a look at China's future, including concerns around the shrinking workforce (and rising dependency ratio), at innovation - vital to future progress - and productivity as well as its ambitious international projection (e.g. One Belt One Road ) and plans to fashion an advanced economy, not just the world's second largest.

The Russian Economy

The Russian Economy

Author: Yuval (Harvard University) Weber Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2020

The tentative and inconsistent use of the market defines Russia's modern economic history. Its leaders, dating back to Tsarist times, have sought control over economic activity - but not consistently - shifting in policy in reaction to the perceived security threat of falling behind competitors instead of seeking growth for its own sake. The story has frequently been dramatic. From the nineteenth century Witte/Stolypin reforms to Lenin's New Economic Policy through to the high Soviet Koysgin/Liberman years and latterly Gorbachev's Perestroika, Yeltsin and Gaidar's shock therapy and Putin's management of a natural resource-based economy, the tensions between the demands of a security state and integration into the international economy have not been resolved. Yuval Weber's short economic history of modern Russia surveys all key data from the mid-1960s to the present as well as examining regional imbalances, the functional welfare of its military-industrial complex, rising consumerism, and this vast country's legacy of social commitments and centralisation and uneven levels of globalization. This title in the World Economies series also highlights the relevance of human factors - ethnic communities, struggles with health and demography - and a strong education system bequeathed to it by the USSR. Looking at future prospects it also explores the micro-foundations and leadership norms of Russia's sistema (system) and why these may continue to inhibit openness to political features of the liberal world and to the uncertainties of outright market liberalization. This deep and comprehensive account will be of great value to interested readers at all levels.