Against the Grain

How Cotton Remade the Capitalist World

According to Sven Beckert, cotton was central to capitalism’s development, and in particular its accelerating globalization. A key part of his narrative highlights the crisis brought on by the abolition of slavery in the US, when both capitalists and governments looked to new regions and workers for the raw cotton they desperately needed.

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