Capitalism: The Reemergence of a Historical Concept by Jürgen KockaCapitalism: The Reemergence of a Historical Concept by Jürgen Kocka

Capitalism: The Reemergence of a Historical Concept

EditorJürgen Kocka, Marcel van der Linden

Hardcover | August 25, 2016

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Capitalism has been a controversial concept. In the second half of the 20th century, many historians have either not used the concept at all, or only in passing. Many regarded the term as too broad, holistic and vague or too value-loaded, ideological and polemic. This volume brings together leading scholars to explore why the term has recently experienced a comeback and assess how useful the term can be in application to social and economic history. The contributors discuss whether and how the history of capitalism enables us to ask new questions, further explore unexhausted sources and discover new connections between previously unrelated phenomena. The chapters address case studies drawn from around the world, giving attention to Europe, Africa and beyond. This is a timely reassessment of a crucial concept, which will be of great interest to scholars and students of economic history.
J¿rgen Kocka is Professor Emeritus at the Free University and the Social Science Center, Berlin, Germany, as well as a Permanent Fellow of the Center "Work and Life Course in Global Historical Perspective" at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Marcel van der Linden is Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Social Histo...
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Title:Capitalism: The Reemergence of a Historical ConceptFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 25, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction (J¿rgen Kocka, Social Science Research Center, Germany) 1. Economic and Financial Crises (Youssef Cassis, European University Institute, Italy) 2. Work and Labour Relations (Andrea Komlosy, University of Vienna, Austria) 3. The Crisis of Hyper-Consumerism: Capitalism's Latest Forward Lurch (Victoria de Grazia, Columbia University, USA) 4. Is There a Return of Capitalism in Business History? (Patrick Fridenson, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France) 5. Finance Capitalism (Harold James, Princeton University, USA) 6. Capitalism and Labour in Sub-Saharan Africa (Andreas Eckert, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany) 7. Capitalism as an Essential Concept to Understand Modernity (Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University, USA) 8. The Return of Capitalism as a Concept (Gareth Austin, The Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland) 9. The New History of Capitalism (Sven Beckert, Harvard University, USA) Final Thoughts (Marcel van der Linden, International Institute for Social History, the Netherlands) Selected Bibliography Index

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Capitalism, in its various forms, in a central theme of modern and contemporary history, with ramifications for almost every aspect of life. This is an extraordinarily wide-ranging collection of essays by leading historians exploring the remarkable breadth of topics that have been, and ought to be, considered under the rubric of capitalism. Written from a variety of methodological and ideological perspectives, the essays not only survey the rich recent historical literature on the subject, but suggest new paths for future inquiry. A volume that will be a great aid to all those who write and teach about the subject.