A History of Capitalism, 1500-2000 by Michel Beaud

By Michel Beaud

The conquest of the Americas inaugurated the sluggish accumulation of assets and the imperceptible structural ameliorations that culminated within the commercial Revolution. From that second on, capitalism grew and accelerated with a dynamism and flexibility which are now all too customary, benefiting from wars or even coping with to rebound after a chain of devastating financial crises.

In this highly-anticipated revised version of the 1981 vintage, Beaud extends one of many significant strengths of the unique: the interweaving of social, political, and financial elements within the context of heritage. even as, Beaud's research presents a pragmatic and thorough exam of the advancements of capitalism within the final two decades, together with globalization, the accelerating pace of capital move, and the cave in of the Soviet empire and the following absorption of its inhabitants into the area marketplace. This re-creation additionally bargains a very revised structure that integrates diagrams and flow-charts no longer formerly to be had within the English-language variation.

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In trade and industry but also in agriculture. This dynamic may have been frail and easily extinguished, no doubt, but it never disappeared altogether. In some privileged INTRODUCTION 19 regions, in general those with high levels of urbanization, a confluence of dynamic elements was capable of generating a broader dynamic, perhaps even something like selfsustained growth. Seen from this perspective, ‘transitional’ takes on a very specific meaning. Instead of an economy that moves from one stage (pre-industrial) to another (industrial), de Vries challenges us to start thinking in terms of simultaneity, of various trajectories of development existing side by side.

11 This, incidentally, was already noted by Adam Smith (1986:515) when he wrote: ‘It is thus that through the greater part of Europe the commerce and manufactures of cities, instead of being the effect, have been the cause and occasion of the improvement and cultivation of the country’. 12 DuPlessis (1997) is a helpful survey of developments in agriculture and industry, but does not pretend to offer an over-arching explanatory framework for these transitions. 13 The specific technique is known as national accounts, and is applied in this volume by Jan Luiten van Zanden.

Proletarianization was not exactly a one-way process. Proto-industry could in fact lead to re-agrarianization and de-proletarianization, as happened in the Osnabrück (Germany) region studied by Schlumbohm. What may look like proletrianization turns out on closer inspection to be merely a stage in an individual’s life-cycle; people were often temporary proletarians. The aim of Ad Knotter’s contribution is to demolish completely the picture of a unilinear development from independent peasants and artisans to wage-labourers.

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