Empire of Cotton
  • Release Date : 06 November 2014
  • Publisher : Allen Lane
  • Genre : Political Science
  • Pages : 615 pages
  • ISBN 13 : 024101171X
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Download or read book entitled Empire of Cotton by author: Sven Beckert which was release on 06 November 2014 and published by Allen Lane with total page 615 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. WINNER OF THE 2015 BANCROFT AND PHILIP TAFT PRIZES AND A FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZEFor about 900 years, from 1000 to 1900, cotton was the world's most important manufacturing industry. It remains a vast business - if all the cotton bales produced in 2013 had been stacked on top of each other they would have made a somewhat unstable tower 40,000 miles high. Sven Beckert's superb new book is a history of the overwhelming role played by cotton in dictating the shape of our world. For centuries it was central to India's prosperity - a prosperity that was devastated by Britain's imperial takeover of the industry. It formed the core of Britain and Europe's industrial revolution. It revived and modernized slavery in the American South. Essential to billions of people and easily transported, cotton made fortunes, changed geographies and was crucial to modern capitalism and globalization. Empire of Cotton is both a gripping narrative and a brilliant case history of how the world works.

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