Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction
What is capitalism? Is capitalism the same everywhere? Is there an alternative?
The word "capitalism" is one that is heard and used frequently, but what is capitalism really all about, and what does it mean? This Very Short Introduction addresses questions such as, "what is capital?" before discussing the history and development of capitalism through several detailed case studies, ranging from the tulipomania of 17th century Holland, the Great Depression of the 1930s, and in this new edition, the impact of the global financial crisis that started in 2007-08.
James Fulcher looks at the different forms that capitalism takes in Britain, Japan, Sweden, and the United States, and explores whether capitalism has escaped the nation-state by going global. It ends by asking whether there is an alternative to capitalism, discussing socialism, communal and cooperative experiments, and the alternatives proposed by environmentalists.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dono421846 - LibraryThing
Benefited from being written by a Brit, instead of an American. Whereas the latter would almost invariably be an uncritical cheerleader for captialism, Fulcher maintains a certain distance that allows ... Read full review
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A must read for any english speaking human in the world. Capitalism is often taken as the normal or even "natural" organization of an economy, but without taking a radical stance, this book guides the ... Read full review
What is capitalism?
Where did capitalism come from?
How did we get here?
Is capitalism everywhere the same?
Has capitalism gone global?
Crisis? What crisis?
Very Short Introduction