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Empire of Cotton

A Global History

By Sven Beckert
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Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert

Empire of Cotton (2014) chronicles the long and complex history of that fluffy plant – cotton. These blinks detail how the cotton industry connected the world from Manchester, England, to rural India, while describing the incredible impact that cotton production has had on the development of economic systems.

  • Historians, economists and political scientists
  • People interested in the history of capitalism and globalization
  • Anyone curious about the history of their jeans and T-shirts

Sven Beckert holds a PhD in History from Columbia University and is now Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University. Empire of Cotton: A Global History won the 2015 Bancroft Prize and ranked as a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History.

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