Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements

Moralizing Capitalism

Agents, Discourses and Practices of Capitalism and Anti-Capitalism in the Modern Age

Editors: Berger, Stefan, Przyrembel, Alexandra (Eds.)

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  • Offers new perspectives on the history of capitalism, which is especially timely in the light of the recent financial crisis and subsequent global recession
  • Provides a broad chronological survey of the development of capitalism and the contemporary debates which surround it
  • Suitable for scholars and students of history, politics and economics, integrating social and cultural history into economic history
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This book adds a crucial focus on morality to the growing literature on the history of capitalism by exploring social and cultural perspectives on the economic order that has dominated the modern world. Taking the study beyond narrow economic confines, it traces the entanglement between moral sentiments and capitalism, examining both moral critiques and moral justifications. Company bankruptcies, systems of taxation, wealth, and the running of stock exchanges were attacked on moral grounds, while ideas of economic justice and the humanization of capitalism loomed large over moral critiques. Many movements, from antislavery to labour campaigns, were inspired by aspirations to improve capitalism and halt the moral decay that was felt to have affected large sections of society. This book questions how moral sentiments are defined and have changed over time, and how these relate to both capitalism and anti-capitalism. Covering a range of different social movements and ethical issues, the 13 chapters present a moral history of capitalism, understood not simply as an economic system but as an order that encompasses all areas of modern life.


About the authors

Stefan Berger is Professor of Social History and Director of the Institute for Social Movements at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. He is also Executive Chair of the Foundation History of the Ruhr, Germany, and Honorary Professor at Cardiff University, UK.

Alexandra Przyrembel is Professor of Modern European History at FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany.


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: Moralizing Capitalism: Agents, Discourses and Practices of Capitalism and Anti-capitalism in the Modern Age

    Pages 1-26

    Berger, Stefan (et al.)

  • Teaching Capitalism: The Popularization of Economic Knowledge in Britain and Germany (1800–1850)

    Pages 29-57

    Maß, Sandra

  • Moralizing Wealth: German Debates About Capitalism and Jews in the Early Twentieth Century

    Pages 59-77

    Przyrembel, Alexandra

  • The Moral Foundation of Modern Capitalism: Towards a Historical Reconsideration of Max Weber’s ‘Protestant Ethic’

    Pages 79-108

    Sokoll, Thomas

  • ‘We Only Want to Pay What Is Fair’: Capital, Morals, and Taxes in Canada 1867–1917

    Pages 111-133

    Heaman, Elsbeth

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Moralizing Capitalism
Book Subtitle
Agents, Discourses and Practices of Capitalism and Anti-Capitalism in the Modern Age
Editors
  • Stefan Berger
  • Alexandra Przyrembel
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-20565-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-20565-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-20564-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 329
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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