Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert

Empire of Cotton: A Global History

Book Title: Empire of Cotton: A Global History

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375713964

Release Date: 2015-11-10

Author: Sven Beckert


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The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, workers and factory owners. Sven Beckert makes clear how these forces ushered in the world of modern capitalism, including the vast wealth and disturbing inequalities that are with us today.
        In a remarkably brief period, European entrepreneurs and powerful politicians recast the world’s most significant manufacturing industry, combining imperial expansion and slave labor with new machines and wage workers to make and remake global capitalism. The result is a book as unsettling as it is enlightening: a book that brilliantly weaves together the story of cotton with how the present global world came to exist.