The Power of Scale: A Global History Approach

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M.E. Sharpe, 2003 - Всего страниц: 297
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- List of Tables and Figures -- Foreword -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction: Imperia and the Power of Scale -- Imperia, Social Power, and Scale -- Three Cultural Worlds: Tribal, Imperial, and Commercial -- Great Cultural Transformations -- Quality of Life in the Tribal World -- The Irreducible Minimum in the Tribal World -- Political Imperia and Conditional Rights in the Imperial World -- The Commercial World and Capitalism -- 2. Imperia in Three Worlds -- Domestic Imperia in the Amazon Rain Forest: The Ashaninka -- Circles of Kings: Political Imperia in Southeast Asian Kingdoms -- The Thai Kingdom, 1782-1932 -- Modern Thai and Balinese Imperia -- Commercial Imperia: The United States, 1998 -- 3. Why Scale Matters -- Power Laws, Energy, and the Disproportions of Scale -- The Illusion of Evolutionary Progress -- Culture, Biology, and the Problem of Size -- Human Community, Society, and Scale -- Scale Limits in the Tribal World: Australian Bands -- Scale Limits to Power in the Tribal World: The Ashaninka -- The Power of Scale in the Urbanization Process -- Bureaucracy and Domination -- Scale, Imperia, and Growth Trajectories -- 4. The Political Elite Take Power -- Crossing the Great Divide from Tribal to Imperial Worlds -- Village Headman to Divine King in Southeast Asia -- Beyond 500: Scalar Stress and Urban Growth -- Elite Payoff: Mates, Servants, and Palaces -- Strategies of Domination in the Ancient Imperial World -- The Romans: Conquerors and Slaves in a Legionary Economy -- 5. The Rise of European Commercial Elites -- Urban Growth and the Origins of Capitalism, 1100-1600 -- Medieval City-States and the Medici Imperium -- Crisis as Opportunity: England, 1500-1688 -- Landed and Monied Interests in the London Financial Revolution, 1600-1900.
 

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Introduction Imperia and the Power of Scale
3
Imperia Social Power and Scale
4
Tribal Imperial and Commercial
6
Great Cultural Transformations
8
Quality of Life in the Tribal World
13
The Irreducible Minimum in the Tribal World
15
Political Imperia and Conditional Rights in the Imperial World
18
The Commercial World and Capitalism
22
Summary and Assessment
135
The Power Elite in Action Americas Commercial Revolution 17871945
137
Founding Fathers and the Constitution
138
The Rise of Big Business
143
Boston New York and Philadelphia
148
JJ Astor Real Estate and the Fur Empire
150
The Rail Empires 18401870
152
American Financial Imperia
155

Imperia in Three Worlds
28
Political Imperia in Southeast Asian Kingdoms
33
The Thai Kingdom 17821932
37
Modern Thai and Balinese Imperia
44
The United States 1998
45
Why Scale Matters
54
Power Laws Energy and the Disproportions of Scale
55
The Illusion of Evolutionary Progress
61
Culture Biology and the Problem of Size
64
Human Community Society and Scale
66
Australian Bands
67
The Ashaninka
70
The Power of Scale in the Urbanization Process
71
Bureaucracy and Domination
74
Scale Imperia and Growth Trajectories
76
The Political Elite Take Power
79
Crossing the Great Divide from Tribal to Imperial Worlds
81
Village Headman to Divine King in Southeast Asia
84
Scalar Stress and Urban Growth
87
Mates Servants and Palaces
91
Strategies of Domination in the Ancient Imperial World
96
Conquerors and Slaves in a Legionary Economy
101
The Rise of European Commercial Elites
104
Urban Growth and the Origins of Capitalism 11001600
105
Medieval CityStates and the Medici Imperium
108
England 15001688
110
Landed and Monied Interests in the London Financial Revolution 16001900
115
Merchant Capitalists Transform the World
117
The Business of Government in the FiscalMilitary State
123
Canals Pots Guns and Lobbies
125
The Power of Scale in Britain AD 10662000
127
Grosvenors Rothschilds and Bonapartes
131
Rockefeller Imperium and the Fossil Fuel Revolution
157
Factory Farms and the American Food System
158
The Triumph of Cars over Rails
160
SuperElite Lifestyles
164
CounterImperia Imagining Alternative Worlds
170
Tribals Against the State
171
Platos Republic and Medieval Utopias
174
Regicides Levelers and Luddites
178
Thomas Paine and the Rights of Man
182
Anarchists Owenites and Fourierists
185
Did Early Industrial Growth Benefit the English Poor?
188
Marxists and Totalitarianists
192
American Populists and Progressives Challenge Big Business
194
Utopian Capitalists Constructing and Reconstructing the World Order 19452000
199
The UN IMF and World Bank
201
The Rockefeller Panel Reports
204
Ending Poverty Through Globalization
208
Feeding the Commercial World
218
Wealth Growth Wealth
221
Elite Power in the Global Market Society
228
Wriston Citicorp and the Globalization of Finance Capital
230
Beyond 2000 An OptimalScale Commercial World
233
Scale Thresholds and the Good Life
234
Small Scale in Colonial New England
239
How America Overshot the Optimum
240
When Is Big Too Big?
240
Market Scale and Social Power in American Urban Places
248
The Indigenous People Challenge
254
Conclusion
258
References
259
Index
279
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