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The Resource Empire of cotton : a global history, Sven Beckert

Empire of cotton : a global history, Sven Beckert

Label
Empire of cotton : a global history
Title
Empire of cotton
Title remainder
a global history
Statement of responsibility
Sven Beckert
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality in the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism. Sven Beckert's rich, fascinating book tells the story of how, in a remarkably brief period, European entrepreneurs and powerful statesmen recast the world's most significant manufacturing industry combining imperial expansion and slave labor with new machines and wage workers to change the world. Here is the story of how, beginning well before the advent of machine production in 1780, these men created a potent innovation (Beckert calls it war capitalism, capitalism based on unrestrained actions of private individuals; the domination of masters over slaves, of colonial capitalists over indigenous inhabitants), and crucially affected the disparate realms of cotton that had existed for millennia. We see how this thing called war capitalism shaped the rise of cotton, and then was used as a lever to transform the world. The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, farmers and merchants, workers and factory owners. In this as in so many other ways, Beckert makes clear how these forces ushered in the modern world. The result is a book as unsettling and disturbing as it is enlightening: a book that brilliantly weaves together the story of cotton with how the present global world came to exist"--Provided by publisher
Awards note
  • Bancroft Prize, 2015.
  • Pulitzer Prize Finalist, History, 2015
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
338.4767721
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Empire of cotton : a global history, Sven Beckert
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 449-587) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The rise of a global commodity -- Building war capitalism -- The wages of war capitalism -- Capturing labor, conquering land -- Slavery takes command -- Industrial capitalism takes wing -- Mobilizing industrial labor -- Making cotton global -- A war reverberates around the world -- Global reconstruction -- Destructions -- The new cotton imperialism -- The return of the global South -- The weave and the weft : an epilogue
Control code
ocn904459253
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Vintage Books edition.
Extent
xxii, 615 pages
Isbn
9780375713965
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • BK0016664959
  • (OCoLC)904459253
Label
Empire of cotton : a global history, Sven Beckert
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 449-587) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The rise of a global commodity -- Building war capitalism -- The wages of war capitalism -- Capturing labor, conquering land -- Slavery takes command -- Industrial capitalism takes wing -- Mobilizing industrial labor -- Making cotton global -- A war reverberates around the world -- Global reconstruction -- Destructions -- The new cotton imperialism -- The return of the global South -- The weave and the weft : an epilogue
Control code
ocn904459253
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Vintage Books edition.
Extent
xxii, 615 pages
Isbn
9780375713965
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • BK0016664959
  • (OCoLC)904459253

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