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Empire of cotton: a global history

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"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 ofmachine 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"--
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Capitalism -- History
Capitalism -- History -- Audiobooks (CD)
Cotton plantation workers -- History
Cotton plantation workers -- History -- Audiobooks (CD)
Cotton textile industry -- History
Cotton textile industry -- History -- Audiobooks (CD)
Cotton trade -- History
Cotton trade -- History -- Audiobooks (CD)
Labor -- History
Labor -- History -- Audiobooks (CD)
Slavery -- Economic aspects
Slavery -- Economic aspects -- Audiobooks (CD)
Slaves
Slaves -- Audiobooks (CD)
Textile workers
Textile workers -- Audiobooks (CD)
title_displayEmpire of cotton : a global history
title_fullEmpire of Cotton A Global History
Empire of cotton : a global history / Sven Beckert
Empire of cotton [sound recording] : a global history / Sven Beckert
title_shortEmpire of cotton
title_suba global history
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Capitalism
Cotton plantation workers
Cotton textile industry
Cotton trade
Economic aspects
History
Labor
Nonfiction
Slavery
Slaves
Textile workers