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The Anxious Triumph: A Global History of Capitalism, 1860-1914

Donald Sassoon



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Allen Lane
02 July 2019
General & world history; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Globalization; Business & Economics; Economic systems & structures; Economic history
Capitalism has co-existed with many different kinds of states, from Victorian Britain to republican France and confederate Switzerland, from Fascist and Nazi regimes to post-war European democracies, from post-Meiji Japan to south-east Asian and Latin American dictatorships, communist China and even Russia. Today, the march of capitalism appears inexorable - but it was not always so. In this riveting account of the rise of global capitalism from the 1880s until 1914, Donald Sassoon describes how after industrialization swept the world in the early nineteenth century the modernization of society and global capitalism followed. With capitalism, Sassoon argues, for the first time in the history of humanity, there was a social system able to provide a high level of consumption for the majority of those who lived within its bounds; its only rival, communism, was to fail miserably. But, in time, capitalism proved a devastating force in need of regulation, whose inbuilt traits were anxiety and crisis. With astonishing breadth of vision and scholarship, Sassoon encompasses the first great modern economic globalization, forerunner to today's consumer society, in this original and compelling book.

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By:   Donald Sassoon
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 50mm
Weight:   1.311kg
ISBN:   9780241315163
ISBN 10:   0241315166
Pages:   864
Publication Date:   02 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Donald Sassoon is Emeritus Professor of Comparative European History at Queen Mary College, London. His previous books include One Hundred Years of Socialism (1996) and The Culture of the Europeans (2006), both widely translated. He gives his lectures at universities and conferences all over the world, and reviews regularly for The Guardian.

Reviews for The Anxious Triumph: A Global History of Capitalism, 1860-1914

A highly original and perceptive historical reflection on our current plight ... His range is impressive, roaming across the globe with rich detail and insight, and his writing is fast-paced and accessible -- Martin Daunton * BBC History Magazine * He is no apologist. His comprehensive account of the origins of modern capitalism make clear the human cost of a system of institutionalised greed -- Iain Macwhirter * Herald * Sassoon offers us a sprawling map, studded with fascinating details. ... It is quirkily brilliant -- Adam Tooze * Guardian * It is hugely erudite: everyone can learn from it. -- Paul Collier * New Statesman * A brilliant writer with a polymathic range. With The Anxious Triumph, he has produced a magnum opus, an accessible and genuinely global history of the transformative but unstable capitalist phenomenon. ... This is a book for today and tomorrow. -- Harold James * Financial Times *

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