Origins of the Twenty First Century

ISBN-10: 0415459826
ISBN-13: 9780415459822
Edition: 2009
Authors: Gabriel Tortella
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Book details

List price: $68.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/8/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Gabriel Tortella is Professor of Economic History, Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, and, most recently, coeditor of The State, the Financial System, and Economic Modernization.

Preface to the English edition
Introduction
The triumph of Europe
A long ascent
England leads the way
The first World Revolution
The Atlantic Revolution
North America
Europe
Ibero-America
Conclusion
The Industrial Revolution
The cotton miracle
Science and technology
The steam engine
Iron and steel
The chemical industry
Conclusion
A century of progress and order
The Agricultural Revolution
Law and order
Technical progress and development
Trade and free trade
The gold standard
Banking and finance
Division of labor and class struggle
Economic growth and social change
The standard of living
Class struggle
The belle epoque
Followers and latecomers
Welfare and standards of living
Late nineteenth-century crisis
Nationalism and imperialism
The advance of democracy
Conclusion
The Second World Revolution
The liberal bourgeois order
The social democratic order
Today's world
Science and technology in the twentieth century
War and democracy
World War I
The Communist Revolution
The Democratic Revolution
Conclusion
Depression and totalitarianism
Return to the gold standard
The end of inflation
Restoring the gold standard in Western Europe and Latin America
The breakdown of the gold standard
The Great Depression
Fighting depression
The triumph of totalitarianism
World War II
A new social and democratic order
Reconstruction
Alphabet soup
The Keynesian miracle
Conclusion
The communist world
The Stalin era
Five Year Plans
"Popular democracies"
The era of stagnation
The dustbin of history
The rise of the Third World
Underdevelopment and its causes
Physical factors
Colonialism
Decolonization
Independence
The population explosion
The totalitarian temptation
Hard lessons
Renewed capitalism
The classical model again
The end of Bretton Woods
The oil crisis
Milton Friedman's hour
Europe's monetary unification
Tomorrow, capitalism
A somber twenty-first century?
Successes
Causes
Stages
Problems
Bibliography
Index

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