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The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

Author(s): Joyce Appleby

Culture & Society

With its deep roots and global scope, the capitalist system provides the framework for our lives. It is a framework of constant change, sometimes measured and predictable, sometimes drastic and out of control. Yet what is now ubiquitous was not always so. Capitalism took shape centuries ago, starting with a handful of isolated changes in farming, trade and manufacturing in early modern England. Astute observers began to notice these changes and consider their effects. Those in power began to harness these new practices to the state, enhancing both. A system generating wealth, power and new ideas arose to reshape societies in a constant surge of change. The centuries-long history of capitalism is rich and eventful. Approaching capitalism as a culture, as important for its ideas and values as for its inventions and systems, Joyce Appleby gives us a fascinating introduction to this most potent creation of mankind from its origins to the present.


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Joyce Appleby is a Professor of History Emerita at UCLA and a past president of the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. She is a co-author of Telling the Truth About History (ISBN 978 0 393 31286 7).

General Fields

  • : 9780393068948
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : 0.708
  • : February 2010
  • : 244mm X 166mm X 38mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Joyce Appleby
  • : Hardback
  • : 496