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Genesis of Industrial America, 1870-1920

ISBN-10: 0521677092
ISBN-13: 9780521677097
Edition: 2007
Authors: Maury Klein
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Description: This book offers a bold new interpretation of American business history during the formative years 1870-1920, which mark the dawn of modern big business. It focuses on four major revolutions that ushered in this new era: those in power,  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

This book offers a bold new interpretation of American business history during the formative years 1870-1920, which mark the dawn of modern big business. It focuses on four major revolutions that ushered in this new era: those in power, transportation, communication, and organization. Using the metaphor of America as an economic hothouse uniquely suited to rapid economic growth during these years, it analyzes the interplay of key factors such as entrepreneurial talent, technology, land, natural resources, law, mass markets, and the rise of cities. It also delineates the process that laid the foundation for the modern era, in which virtually every human activity became a business, and, in most cases, a big business. The book also profiles numerous major entrepreneurs whose careers and activities illustrate broader trends and themes. It utilizes a wide variety of sources, including novels from the period, to produce a lively narrative.

Maury Klein is the author of many books, including The Life and Legend of Jay Gould; Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War; and Rainbow's End: The Crash of 1929. He is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Rhode Island.

Series Editor's Foreword
Introduction: The Business of America
Prologue: A Hothouse for Economic Growth
The Marvel of Men and Machines
The Lure of Lovely and Lucrative Land
The Defeat of Distance and Desolation
The Potential of Plentiful Power
The Fabrication of Familiar Forms
Bargaining with Behemoths
The Collision of City and Country
The Mastery of Mass Markets
Epilogue: The Boundaries of Big Business
Sources and Suggested Readings
Index

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