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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Books by Ellen Meiksins Wood. Published January 17th by Verso first published Inshe was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada, a marker of distinguished scholarship. Slavoj Zizek and V. Any other coaching guidance? Adorno, Foucault and the Critique of the West.

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Have an Access Token? Despite the weaknesses, the book is recommendable, not only for the easy accessibility of its historical narrative, but particularly so for Wood’s forceful grounding of the current war on terror to the US-led project of global economic integration. In Praise of Blood.

Login with your Institution. Johnny rated it really liked it May 25, Wood presents a thought-provoking interpretation of the nature of the contemporary US hegemony in light of a selection of earlier empires from the Arab Muslim Empire to Roman Empire and from Italian city-states to the British Empire, distinguishing the current capitalist imperialism from the earlier forms of imperialism based on direct political and military coercion and the extraction of profit through simple expropriation or trade.

Readers who make it past the musty jargon of academic Marxism that announces itself in the introduction will proceed to a thought-provoking genealogy of empires throughout history. Trivia About Empire of Capital. She was raised in the United States and Europe. Anti-Science and the Assault on Democracy.


We are experiencing technical difficulties. Nov 17, Paul rated it it was amazing. Peter rated it really liked it Apr 23, 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.

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Sep 29, Markus rated it liked it Shelves: Another great work by Wood. Yet, as Wood powerfully demonstrates, the economic empire of capital has also created a new unlimited militarism. So, surely, even the most seasoned White House hawk would prefer to exercise global hegemony in this way, without costly colonial entanglements.

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Jul 27, Iain McNab added it. No trivia or quizzes yet. Great book on global capitalism that compares the connections between capitalism and modern empires.

Lists with This Book. So, surely, even the most seasoned White House hawk would prefer to exercise global hegemony in this way, without costly colonial entanglements. By contrast Capitalism makes possible a new form of domination by purely economic means, argues Ellen Meiksins Wood. The War Before ellen War.

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.


Gone are the days when an empire was built through land conquests, modern empires are structured around markets and industry.

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A worthwhile study for leftist academics, Wood’s book is not written to appeal to a broader audience. The Day After the Revolution.

Wood’s dense analysis would have benefited from more historical evidence and engagement with alternative theories.

The fact the author states that America is an empire, is a good start. The Limits to Capital. Her argument is based on political economy theory, which is rooted in the idea of rational choice scholarship.

Teroluoma rated it really liked it Jul 24, Discover what to read next. 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.

The connections she draws between economic and imperial systems are intriguing but incomplete explanations of geopolitical dynamics. About Empire of Capital Capitalism makes possible a new form of domination by purely economic means, argues Ellen Meiksins Wood. Wood does a great job of exposing the acquisitive nature of capitalist imperialism. With the United States as the central power of this “new imperialism”, the world is being ordered to serve the needs of capital.