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Moral Aspects of Economic Growth, and Other Essays

by Barrington Moore, Jr. Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Barrington Moore, Jr., one of the most distinguished thinkers in critical theory and historical sociology, was long concerned with the prospects for freedom and decency in industrial society. The product of...


Where Three Worlds Met

by Sarah Davis-Secord Cornell University Press (May 15, 2017)

Sicily is a lush and culturally rich island at the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Throughout its history, the island has been conquered and colonized by successive waves of peoples from across the Mediterranean...


A Living Wage

by Lawrence B. Glickman Cornell University Press (November 23, 2015)

The fight for a "living wage" has a long and revealing history as documented here by Lawrence B. Glickman. The labor movement's response to wages shows how American workers negotiated the transition from artisan...


States and the Reemergence of Global Finance

by Eric Helleiner Cornell University Press (July 14, 2015)

Most accounts explain the postwar globalization of financial markets as a product of unstoppable technological and market forces. Drawing on extensive historical research, Eric Helleiner provides the first comprehensive...


From Dependency to Independence

by Margaret Ellen Newell Cornell University Press (August 12, 2015)

In a sweeping synthesis of a crucial period of American history, From Dependency to Independence starts with the "problem" of New England's economic development. As a struggling outpost of a powerful commercial...


Household Accounts

by Susan Porter Benson & David Montgomery Cornell University Press (June 04, 2015)

With unprecedented subtlety, compassion and richness of detail, Susan Porter Benson takes readers into the budgets and the lives of working-class families in the United States between the two world wars. Focusing...


Central Banks and Gold

by Simon James Bytheway & Mark Metzler Cornell University Press (November 16, 2016)

In recent decades, Tokyo, London, and New York have been the sites of credit bubbles of historically unprecedented magnitude. Central bankers have enjoyed almost unparalleled power and autonomy. They have cooperated...


A Sense of Power

by John A. Thompson Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

Why has the United States assumed so extensive and costly a role in world affairs over the last hundred years? The two most common answers to this question are "because it could" and "because it had to." Neither...


America's First Great Depression

by Alasdair Roberts Cornell University Press

For a while, it seemed impossible to lose money on real estate. But then the bubble burst. The financial sector was paralyzed and the economy contracted. State and federal governments struggled to pay their...


Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France

by Jotham Parsons Cornell University Press (November 13, 2014)

Coinage and currency—abstract and socially created units of value and power—were basic to early modern society. By controlling money, the people sought to understand and control their complex, expanding,...


Balkan Smoke

by Mary C. Neuburger Cornell University Press (October 04, 2012)

In Balkan Smoke, Mary Neuburger leads readers along the Bulgarian-Ottoman caravan routes and into the coffeehouses of Istanbul and Sofia. She reveals how a remote country was drawn into global economic networks...


Capital as Will and Imagination

by Mark Metzler Cornell University Press

With this book, Mark Metzler continues his investigation into the economic history of twentieth-century Japan that he began in Lever of Empire. In Capital as Will and Imagination, he focuses on the successful...


How Russia Really Works

by Alena V. Ledeneva Cornell University Press

During the Soviet era, blat—the use of personal networks for obtaining goods and services in short supply and for circumventing formal procedures—was necessary to compensate for the inefficiencies of socialism....


Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods

by Eric Helleiner Cornell University Press (April 17, 2014)

Eric Helleiner's new book provides a powerful corrective to conventional accounts of the negotiations at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in 1944. These negotiations resulted in the creation of the International...