The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View

  • 7h 3m 45s
  • Ellen Meiksins Wood
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2021

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 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.

In this Audiobook

  • 1. The Commercialization Model and its Legacy
  • 2. Marxist Debates
  • 3. Marxist Alternatives
  • 4. Commerce or Capitalism?
  • 5. The Agrarian Origin of Capitalism
  • 6. Agrarian Capitalism and Beyond
  • 7. The Origin of Capitalist Imperialism
  • 8. Capitalism and the Nation State
  • 9. Modernity and Postmodernity