Critiques of Capital in Modern Britain and America

Transatlantic Exchanges 1800 to the Present Day

by Bevir, Mark, Professor, Trentmann, Frank, Dr

This book is an innovative collection of essays by a new generation of British and American historians and political theorists. Moving beyond a conventional action/reaction view of capitalism and its critics, the volume explores how critical traditions and beliefs have helped to shape capitalism. Chapters follow diverse critiques in Britain and America and explore their Atlantic and imperial exchanges. The volume includes chapters on questions of law and property in the Victorian empire; traditions of land reform in nineteenth century America and Britain; the influence of American romanticism on British socialism; the role of Britain in American progressivism; American and British consumer protection; the evolution of trusteeship and ideas of cosmopolitan democracy; the 'third way' and narratives of globalization. The editors' introduction offers a critical historiographical survey and, by stepping beyond the dogmatic opposition between post-modernists and empiricists, provides a new research agenda for an integrated study of capitalism and its critics.

  • Palgrave Macmillan; October 2002
  • ISBN: 9780230505728
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  • Title: Critiques of Capital in Modern Britain and America
  • Author: Bevir, Mark, Professor (ed.); Trentmann, Frank, Dr (ed.)
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

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'Critiques of Capital in Modern Britain and America demonstrates the vitality of the new transnational impulse in modern history and political science. In shifting the focus from Britain to political and intellectual exchanges between Britain and the United States, its essays illuminate afresh the struggles over contract, trust, property, consumer rights, and global crisis that have defined the modern debate over capitalism.' - Daniel Rodgers, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Princeton University


About The Author

MARK BEVIR is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of The Logic of the History of Ideas.

FRANK TRENTMANN is Senior Lecturer in History at Birkbeck College, London. He has written on consumption, citizenship, and political culture, and is editor of Paradoxes of Civil Society.