How did the dynamic economic system we know as capitalism develop among the peasants and lords of feudal Europe In The Origin of Capitalism, a now classic work of history, Ellen Meiksins Wood offers readers a clear and accessible introduction to the theories and debates concerning the birth of capitalism, imperialism, and the modern nation state Capitalism is not a natural and inevitable consequence of human nature, nor simply an extension of age old practices of trade and commerce Rather, it is a late and localized product of very specific historical conditions, which required great transformations in social relations and in the relationship between humans and nature....
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The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View Reviews
WWood recent death and my own interests in longer view of capitalism strangely overlapped and I revisited this gem of historiography. Wood and Brenner have been key in getting me to re-think some over-generalizations about capitalist teleology assumed in both liberal and Marxist circles. Many Marxists after Marx have made the same assumptions as liberals about the natural development of capitalism out of feudalism as if it were an innate process of development to economics. Wood not only contested this view, but her synthesis of Brenner with E.P. Thompson explains many otherwise hard to explain traits of capitalism: Why was capitalism so much more tied to England and England’s settler colonies than to Spain or to the various early modern European merchant states like the Italian city states or the Dutch Republic, why did France require a bourgeois revolution whereas England had a religious revolution, why do Locke’s myths about property origins seem so crucial to capitalist thinkers?
This book is hard to read, because it must be digested slowly. Whenever anyone has the prime definition of a word, such as capitalism; one expects that it should be fairly easy to understand. Ms. Wood does not make it easy; but certainly does make it legitimate and required.
I would definitely recommend reading this book, especially in these times. The mainstream neoliberal trend toward privatization since the 1980's has lead to the increased support for the Chicago school of economic thought. This book explains in great detail the authoritarian history of capitalism and how a free society cannot exist under an unregulated market economy. Along with The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin, this has been a very influential book for me.
Genesis of Capitalism
Everything was ok and as expected