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Capitalism

A Very Short Introduction

By James Fulcher
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Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction by James Fulcher

Capitalism (2015) chronicles the history of the dominant socioeconomic system that society runs on today. From its humble beginnings in medieval Europe to its present global dominance, capitalism’s history is marked by its dynamic – and sometimes unstable – nature. Nevertheless, its influence on how society has developed over the last 200 years is paramount to understanding the modern human condition.

  • Anyone hoping to understand our modern, capitalist world
  • Those affected by the 2007-2008 financial crisis and wondering how it came about
  • Students of political science or history

James Fulcher is a fellow at the University of Leicester, where he teaches sociology. Aside from Capitalism, he also co-authored Oxford University Press’ Sociology textbook, now in its fourth edition.

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