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Empire of Cotton

A New History of Global Capitalism. Winner of the Bancroft Prize 2015

WINNER OF THE 2015 BANCROFT PRIZE
WINNER OF THE 2015 PHILIP TAFT PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE 2015 PULITZER PRIZE FOR HISTORY
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 CUNDHILL PRIZE IN HISTORICAL LITERATURE
Economist BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2015
'Knowledgeable and stunning' Orhan Pamuk
'A masterpiece of the historian's craft' The Nation
For about 900 years, from 1000 to 1900, cotton was the world's most important manufacturing industry. It remains a vast business - if all the cotton bales produced in 2013 had been stacked on top of each other they would have made a somewhat unstable tower 40,000 miles high.
Sven Beckert's superb new book is a history of the overwhelming role played by cotton in dictating the shape of our world. It is both a gripping narrative and a brilliant case history of how the world works.
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A masterpiece of the historian's craft: combining a global scope with concern for the nuances of individual experience, Beckert tracks the fortunes of a single commodity, cotton, across six continents and thousands of years. That sweeping project is driven by the attempt to unravel the causes and consequences of one overarching puzzle: "why, after many millennia of slow economic growth, a few strands of humanity in the late eighteenth century suddenly got much richer." On the way to his answer, Beckert uncovers a history he claims "provides the key to understanding the modern world." . . . The belief that discovering the origins of economic growth might unlock modernity's secrets raises questions that are even more tantalizing Timothy Shenk The Nation
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 640
Erscheinungsdatum 01.11.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-197998-4
Verlag Penguin Books Ltd
Maße (L/B/H) 198/126/32 mm
Gewicht 441
Originaltitel King Cotton
Abbildungen schwarzweisse Abbildungen, Grafiken
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