Empire of Capital [Ellen Meiksins Wood] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Capitalism makes possible a new form of domination by purely. Wood, a professor at York University in Toronto and an orthodox economic determinist, argues that the source of an empire’s wealth drives its military. Empire of Capital has ratings and 6 reviews. Andy said: Another great work by Wood. Part economic history, part contemporary political economy. An im.

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Part economic history, part contemporary political economy.

Wood’s analysis is short and pithy, but the book’s convincingness suffers from a needless repetition of its basic arguments, as well as from Wood’s Marxist tendency to attribute capitalism with historical agency and a universal, transhistorical logic of operation.

Rine Karr rated it really liked it Mar 26, Peter rated it really liked it Apr 23, How to define the current order of the world, characterised by competing sovereign states, fast cross-border flows of trade and investments, and the overwhelming military dominance of one nation-state committed to an open-ended warfare without any restrictions in space and time?

Allison rated it really liked it Jan 27, Wood received a B. Yet, as Wood powerfully demonstrates, the economic empire of capital has also created a new unlimited militarism. Refresh and try again. View Full Version of PW. Wood does a great job of exposing the acquisitive nature of capitalist imperialism. Capitalism makes possible a new form of domination by purely economic means, argues Ellen Meiksins Wood.

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Empire of Capital

She was raised in the United States and Europe. With the United States as the central power of this “new imperialism”, the world is being ordered to serve the needs of capital.

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The next period centers around empires that turned conquest into an economic opportunity. This is the empire of capital, designed to universalise empie economic imperatives of capitalism throughout the world.

Concise, readable and persuasive analysis tracing the evolution of imperalist projects through pre- and early capitalist forms through to today’s globalised ‘Empire of Capital’ sustained, she argues, by the US-led permanent ‘state of war’ without limit in space and time.

Blood in the Water. Open Preview See a Problem? So, surely, even the most seasoned White House hawk would prefer to exercise global hegemony in this way, wooe costly colonial entanglements.

The connections she draws between economic and imperial systems are intriguing but incomplete explanations of geopolitical dynamics. Will rated it really liked it Apr 19, Jerod Ra’Del rated it liked it Aug 14, Charles Davis rated it really liked it Oct 21, Aug 25, Sara Salem rated it really liked it. Jun 11, Samir Salifou rated it liked it. In Empire of Capital, Ellen Meiskins Wood writes a thoroughly researched and well-argued case about a new form of empire that is based in capitalist theory.

After outlining the main themes of Wood’s ‘political-Marxist’ project, I move on to overview the thesis of her book Empire of Capital before finally pointing to the main themes ellwn the ensuing debate. The Limits to Capital.


Francesca rated it it was amazing Mar 16, A worthwhile study for leftist academics, Wood’s book is not written to appeal to a broader audience. Nov 17, Paul rated it it was amazing.

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Empire of Capital by Ellen Meiksins Wood

Sign in to annotate. She distinguishes between the Roman “empire of property,” a land-based system that stimulated unending territorial conquest; the Arab, Venetian and Dutch “empires of commerce,” dedicated to the protection of trade routes and market dominance; and the British “empire of capital,” marked by the imposition of market imperatives on conquered territories.

Published January 17th by Verso first published Looking for More Great Reads? Slavoj Zizek and V. Don’t have an account? Editorial Introduction in Historical Materialism. Great book on global capitalism that compares the connections between capitalism and modern empires. Rather than defining capitalism as a culturally-specific and evolving practice of human agency which necessarily transforms in conjuction with political, economic and cultural changes, Wood rigidly sticks with a less-satisfying transhistorical conceptualisation.

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