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Pioneers of capitalism

Pioneers of capitalism
The Netherlands 1000-1800

  • ISBN: 9780691229874
  • Editorial: Princeton University Press
  • Lugar de la edición: Princeton (NJ). Estados Unidos de Norteamérica
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné
  • Medidas: 24 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 280
  • Idiomas: Inglés

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How medieval Dutch society laid the foundations for modern capitalism

The Netherlands was one of the pioneers of capitalism in the Middle Ages, giving rise to the spectacular Dutch Golden Age while ushering in an era of unprecedented, long-term economic growth across Europe. Pioneers of Capitalism examines the informal institutions in the Netherlands that made this economic miracle possible, providing a groundbreaking new history of the emergence and early development of capitalism.

Drawing on the latest quantitative theories in economic research, Maarten Prak and Jan Luiten van Zanden show how Dutch cities, corporations, guilds, commons, and other private and semipublic organizations provided safeguards for market transactions in the state's absence. Informal institutions developed in the Netherlands long before the state created public safeguards for economic activity. Prak and van Zanden argue that, in the Netherlands itself, capitalism emerged within a robust civil society that constrained and counterbalanced its centrifugal forces, but that an unrestrained capitalism ruled in the overseas territories. Rather than collapsing under unrestricted greed, the Dutch economy flourished, but prosperity at home came at the price of slavery and other dire consequences for people outside Europe.

Pioneers of Capitalism offers a panoramic account of the early history of capitalism, revealing how a small region of medieval Europe transformed itself into a powerhouse of sustained economic growth, and changed the world in the process.

1 Introduction: The Market as a Party? 1
2 Eight Hundred Years of Economic Growth, 1000–1800 14
3 Between Feudalism and Freedom, 1000–1350 28
4 Capitalism and Civil Society in Late Medieval Holland,
1350–1566 58
5 A Capitalist Revolution? The Dutch Revolt, 1566–1609 90
6 New Capitalism at Home and Overseas 118
7 The Republican State and “Varieties of Capitalism” 144
8 Capitalism and Inequality in the Eighteenth Century 169
9 Conclusion 199


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