Capitalism and Its Economics: A Critical History

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9780745316444: Capitalism and Its Economics: A Critical History

This popular illustrated history explores the dramatic highs and lows of Wall Street and its development through the 19th century.

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Douglas Dowd is a widely respected academic and political activist. He has taught at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Berkeley, and San Jose State University and is currently teaching at the University of Modena in Italy. He is the author of Capitalism and its Economics (Pluto, 2004).

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"In this remarkable book, Dowd packs the history of the capitalist economy from the Industrial Revolution in the middle of the 18th century to the present-day together with a history of how economists reacted to the rapidly changing conditions. He goes beyond the conventional story of capitalism developing in England and then taking root in US by covering the development of competitors to the Anglo-American version of capitalism, first in France, then in Germany, the Soviet Union, and Japan. Each chapter covers a particular period and each period has a particular theme. So, for example, he characterizes the years between 1945 and 1975 with the theme of resurrection and the years since 1975 in terms of globalization and financialization. Dowd has made this book emminently readable. It is accessible to a general reader who lacks any real exposure to economic theory. This ability to compress such private reading of the economy and economics into a single work is a marvelous accomplishment. Dowd's sympathy lies with the downtrodden. He has the ability to bring humor into his work, even when he is addressing grim topics. This book is extraordinarily rich in the breadth of its topics as well as in the many insights sprinkled throughout. Highly recommended for public and academic library collections." --- M. Perelman, California State University, Chico, in CHOICE"Douglas Dowd is addressing some of the most crucial questions of the current era. The answers will cast a long shadow over what lies ahead. He brings formidable qualities to this challenging task: deep knowledge of economic history, a comprehensive grasp of contemporary global conditions, freedom from stultifying dogmas, and, notleast an admirable ability to extricate and expound what is really important with lucidity and skill. An impressive achievement." -- Noam Chomsky"Dowd's strategy of linking together in a single volume the development of economic ideas and the closely related evolution of economic institutions and policies is carried out with his usual efficiency and wit. This is a work of enlightenment that will be intelligible to students and non-economists." -- Edward S. Herman

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