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Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction

Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction
Author: James Fulcher
ISBN 13: 9780192802187
ISBN 10: 192802186
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2004-07-29
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
List Price: $11.95

This Introduction explores the origins of capitalism and questions whether it did indeed originate in Europe. It examines a distinctive stage in the development of capitalism that began in the 1980s, in order to understand where we are now and how capitalism has evolved since. The book discusses the crisis tendencies of capitalism—including the S.E. Asian banking crisis, the collapse of the Russian economy, and the 1997-1998 global financial crisis—asking whether capitalism is doomed to fail. In the end, the author ruminates on a possible alternative to capitalism, discussing socialism, communal and cooperative experiments, and alternatives proposed by environmentalists.