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In this innovative and ambitious global history, distinguished economic historian Amiya Kumar Bagchi traces the global history of human change and survival under the sway of capitalism since the voyages of Columbus. Writing with extraordinary range a … weiterlesen

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Titel: Perilous Passage: Mankind and the Global Ascendancy of Capital
Autor/en: Amiya Kumar Bagchi

ISBN: 0742539202
EAN: 9780742539204
Sprache: Englisch.

September 2005 - gebunden - 395 Seiten


In this innovative and ambitious global history, distinguished economic historian Amiya Kumar Bagchi traces the global history of human change and survival under the sway of capitalism since the voyages of Columbus. Writing with extraordinary range and de


Part I: Conceptual Issues: Human Development and Capitalist Growth
Chapter 1: The History of Human Development as the Subject of History
Chapter 2: The Construction of the European Miracle
Chapter 3: Profit Seeking under Actually Existing Capitalism and Human Development
Part II: Capitalist Competition and Human Development in Europe
Chapter 4: Combat for Dominance Among the Western European Countries Since the Sixteenth Century
Chapter 5: Population Growth and Mortality Between the Sixteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: A First Look
Chapter 6: The Netherlands: Rise and Fall of a Hegemonic Power
Chapter 7: The Delayed Transition of Europe and North America to a Low-Mortality Regime
Chapter 8: Literacy in Western Europe Since the Sixteenth Century
Part III: Non-European Peoples in the Age of Emergence of European Dominance
Chapter 9: Economic Development and the Quality of Life in China Between the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Chapter 10: India under Mughal Rule and After
Chapter 11: Conducting Trade in Asia Before and After the European Advent
Chapter 12: Reconsidering Japanese Exceptionalism
Chapter 13: Capitalist Competition, Colonialism, and the Physical Well-Being of Non-European Peoples
Chapter 14: The Civilizing Mission and Racialization: From the Native Americans to the Asians
Chapter 15: The Civilizing Mission in Lands Taken by the European Settlers from the Original Inhabitants
Chapter 16: Intercontinental Resource Flows Sustaining the Ascent of the European Powers
Chapter 17: Colonial Tribute and Profits, 1870s Onward
Chapter 18: Demographic Disasters in the Colonies and Semi-Colonies in the High Noon of European Colonialism
Part IV: The Twentieth Century: Anti-Systematic Struggles, Wars, and Challenges to Global Capital
Chapter 19: Setting the Stage for Megawars
Chapter 20: Revolution, Nazism, Japanese Militarism and the Second World War
Chapter 21: Imperialism and Wars in the Late Twentieth Century
Chapter 22: Capitalism and Uneven Development in the Twentieth Century
Chapter 23: Destruction and Renewal in the Global Order of Imperialism and Neoliberalism
Chapter 24: Contradictions, Challenges, and Resistance


Amiya Kumar Bagchi is the founder and director of the Institute of Development Studies in Calcutta, India.


A good deal that we have seen before is still or again relevant to today's global capitalism, and Bagchi usefully reminds us of how many of these parallels are harrowing rather than hopeful; one hopes this book will reach the people who believe the stories Bagchi debunks and enrich a vital set of debates. -- Kenneth Pomeranz, University of California Irvine Economic and Political Weekly A combative and spirited book telling the story of the economic emergence of the contemporary world in a radically different way from the standard accounts. It will not end debates, but begin them in a robust way, which surely is the function of fine 'alternative history.' -- Amartya Sen, Harvard University Explores the numerous ways the armed ascendancy of European capital has impacted the human development of the nonwhite dependencies of Europe and the Europeans themselves. Discusses human development and capitalist growth; capitalist competition and human development in Europe; the world beyond Europe in the age of the emergence of European dominance; and the antisystemic struggles, wars, and challenges to global capital. Journal Of Economic Literature This stimulating synthesis ... has an excellent bibliography, incorporates recent specialist work in global economic history, and is genuinely erudite. A valuable reference for all world historians ... Highly recommended. CHOICE A hard-headed examination in facts and figures of how capitalism has insidiously but inexorably destroyed human happiness and ravaged our ecological system...A compelling and thoughtful account with the lucidity of argument of someone compressing the essence of a lifetime's research into a philosophical framework. The Statesman Magisterial...[Bagchi] presents a comprehensive comparative picture of the historical economic development of China, India, and Japan, and their relation to what happened in Europe and North America. It is hard to suggest another work that does this in as small a space, so clearly, and based on such extensive acquaintance with the empirical literature... It is refreshing to have Bagchi's voice added to the rather small list of important works on the origins and development of the modern world...One can only hope that the book will have a wide international reading public. -- Immanuel Wallerstein, Fernand Braudel Center, Yale University Monthly Review, December 2008 Bagchi has written a great book, a history of human development as he calls it, which offers a fascinating account of global capitalism as it evolved over a period of four centuries... Writing a 'grand history' as Bagchi has done will inevitably create controversy...but this does not in any way diminish the significance of this monumental history of the human costs of economic growth. Development and Change An ambitious work that essays to rethink the extent to which the transition to capitalism did not accomplish significant human development until well into the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries... Bagchi's 'human development' frame is one that stimulates and appropriately outrages. Journal of World History, December 2007 An impressive book that, in the tradition of world systems analysis and dependency theory, challenges Eurocentric understandings of capitalism... This book makes an important contribution to that struggle. Science and Society [Bagchi] challenges Eurocentric views on the rise of capitalism and argues that Europeans gained a decisive advantage over China and India thanks only to the maturing of the machine-based Industrial Revolution in the nineteenth century. International Review Of Social History Amiya Kumar Bagchi's Perilous Passage is a book that deserves our attention in this historical moment. It is born of our moment and offers us crucial intellectual resources in our attempts to understand the beast we must confront. Perilous Passage is a global history and in many respects perhaps one of the first truly global histories of our epoch to appear...Bagchi's Perilous Passage is a weapon in the intellectual arsenal of social justice activists everywhere...Perilous Passage may contribute to the development of a newer kind of understanding that will allow us to begin undoing the layers of injustice, ecological destruction, and human immiseration such ascendancy has created. Labour, December 2008

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