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Empire of Cotton - A Global History

Sven Beckert

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Genres:

History

Description:

Sven Beckert's rich, fascinating book tells the story of how, in a remarkably brief period, European entrepreneurs and powerful statesmen recast the world's most significant manufacturing industry, combining imperial expansion and slave labor with new machines and wage workers to change the world. Here is the story of how, beginning well before the advent of machine production in the 1780s, these men captured ancient trades and skills in Asia, combined them with the expropriation of lands in the Americas and the enslavement of African workers to crucially recast the disparate realms of cotton that had existed for millennia. We see how industrial capitalism then reshaped these worlds of cotton into an empire, and how this empire transformed the world. The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, farmers and merchants, workers and factory owners. In this as in so many other ways, 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. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jim Frangione

Length:

20h 16m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

37:43


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

32:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

35:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

38:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

40:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

36:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

34:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

41:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

47:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

50:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

52:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

53:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

32:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

32:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

38:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

43:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

43:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

45:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

41:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

49:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

50:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

32:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

33:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

55:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

51:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

44:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

44:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

35:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

41:12