A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet by Raj Patel

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A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet Read Online Free - Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. In making these things cheap, modern commerce has transformed, governed, and devastated Earth. In A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore present a new approach to analyzing today’s planetary emergencies. Bringing the latest ecological research together with histories of colonialism, indigenous struggles, slave revolts, and other rebellions and uprisings, Patel and Moore demonstrate that throughout history, crises have always prompted fresh strategies to make the world cheap and safe for capitalism. At a time of crisis in all seven cheap things, innovative and systemic thinking is urgently required. This book proposes a radical new way of understanding—and reclaiming—the planet in the turbulent twenty-first century.

Title : A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet
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ISBN : 0520293134
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 328 pages


Sarah rated it ★★★★★

July 06, 2017

buy it for your friends who don't know what capitalism is, why it sucks, or how race, gender, and climate crisis play into the whole mess.

Anna rated it ★★★★☆

December 29, 2017

Some authors aren’t intimidated by scale, and these two surely fall into that category. In A History of the World in 7 Cheap Things, Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore pursue a project of enormous magnitude, tracing the history of modern capitalism from its origin to the present day. Through the lens of...

Ester rated it ★★★☆☆

December 10, 2017

I definitely think the author's message has a lot of truth in it but I just didn't get the approach. Some of the seven "cheap things" got me hooked while I had a hard time getting the main points on others.

Mary rated it ★★★★☆

January 17, 2018

"It's easier for most people to imagine the end of our planet than to imagine the end of capitalism. We need an intellectual state shift to accompany our new epoch." This book is a thought-provoking history of how Capitalism ate our planet and our lives and the resistance that happened in each st...

Bart rated it ★★★★☆

January 10, 2018

Patel and Moore present a provocative and highly readable guide to the early centuries of capitalism, showing how its then radically new way of relating to Nature remains at the root of world political economy today. As for a guide to the future, however, the authors do little beyond posing a few...

Madeline rated it ★★★★★

February 16, 2018

Can't unread what I have read.

Ian rated it ★★★★☆

December 03, 2017

Excellent book providing an innovative view of the history of the development of capitalism and the forces that are required to maintain capitalism. Some very good recommendations for a way forward.

EAS rated it ★★★★★

February 01, 2018

Vigorously recommend.

Tamanna rated it ★★★☆☆

February 13, 2018

a little dense but certainly enlightning

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