Tag: capitalism

Book: Capitalism & Slavery, by Eric Williams

Eric Williams, Capitalism & Slavery (2nd edn, University of North Carolina Press 1994), 307pp This has been on my “to read” list for a couple of years now, ever since coming across it in a British Empire seminar, and I finally picked it up for my dissertation. It’s pretty much a seminal, though not uncontroversial, work […]

Commodity Fetishism and Technological Solutions

A common observation among my group of friends is that “you can’t apply a technological solution to a social problem”; broadly speaking, that if a problem is fundamentally caused by human behaviour, technology can provide, at best, a temporary fix, until humans modify their behaviour to bypass the solution. Technology can’t, in many (perhaps not all) cases, address the […]

Book: Empire of Cotton, by Sven Beckert

Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Vintage 2015), 640pp I got the impression, when reading this, that Beckert may have simply wanted to write a history of capitalism; on the other hand, perhaps cotton really was the original subject, and the sheer scale of its impact on capitalism came later. Either way, this really is […]