All those interested in Marxian history and theory, the origins and trajectory of capitalism, the economic development of the US and the origins and outcome of the US Civil War.
[...] a remarkable collection of essays [...]
Bill Dunn, Progress in Political Economy
[...] Posts theoretisch reichhaltiges und durchgängig überzeugendes Buch [ist] ein unverzichtbarer Beitrag.
Geoff Kennedy (Aus dem Amerikanischen von Ingar Solty), Das Argument (Journal for Philosophy and Social Sciences)
, 299 (5/2012), pp. 771-773
Charlie Post’s The American Road to Capitalism
is a magisterial text that deserves a close reading, in particular by scholars attempting to make sense of 20th century capitalism in the United States.
Jordy Cummings, Socialist Studies / Études socialistes
, 8 (1) Winter 2012, pp. 312 -314
This is a thoughtful, learned, stimulating, challenging and altogether valuable volume.
Bruce Levine, University of Illinois
15, January/February 2012
Charles Post's new book, The American Road to Capitalism
,is sure to become a reference point for debates among historians and Marxists about the transformation of the English colonies into the fully developed capitalist United States. [...] it should be widely read, appreciated for its insights and rigor, and also debated.
Ashley Smith, International Socialist Review
, pp 66-70
Explaining the origin and early development of American capitalism is a particularly challenging task. It is in some ways even more difficult than in other cases to strike the right historical balance, capturing the systemic imperatives of capitalism, and explaining how they emerged, while doing justice to historical particularities… To confront these historical complexities requires both a command of historical detail and a clear theoretical grasp of capitalism’s systemic imperatives, a combination that is all too rare. Charles Post succeeds in striking that difficult balance, which makes his book a major contribution to truly historical scholarship.
Ellen Meiksins-Wood, York University
, author of The Origins of Capitalism: A Long View
In The American Road to Capitalism, Charles Post offers a brilliant reinterpretation of the origins and diverging paths of economic evolution in the American north and south. The first systematic historical materialist account of US development from the colonial period through the civil war in a very long time, it is sure to be received as a landmark contribution.
Robert P. Brenner, University of California-Los Angeles
, author of Agrarian Class Structure and Economic Development in Early Modern Europe
and Merchants and Revolution: Commercial Change, Political Conflict, and London's Overseas Traders, 1550-1653
Charles Post has written an excellent book on the origins of American capitalism in the antebellum North, on plantation slavery in the Old South and on the cataclysmic conflict between them. His interpretation is bold and controversial; it will have to be considered by all scholars in the field.
John Ashworth, University of Nottingham
, author of Slavery, Capitalism and the Antebellum Republic
This is the most original and provocative materialist interpretation of the origins and dynamics of US capitalism for a long time. Post combines impressive command of the historical sources with a sharp analytical understanding, not least of the centrality of agrarian questions to the development of capitalism.
Henry Bernstein, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
and China Agricultural University, Beijing
, emeritus editor Journal of Agrarian Change
Over the past three decades, Charles Post has been developing an original and powerful interpretation of the American road to capitalism. This volume brings together his most important essays in what is sure to be a landmark volume. Post brilliantly analyzes the structural basis of economic development in both the North and the South, culminating in a powerful interpretation of the social basis of the Civil War. The book is one of the best examples of historical sociology that I have seen in recent years, effortlessly melding theory and historical research. This is engaged scholarship of the highest order.
Vivek Chibber, New York University
, author of Locked In Place: State Building and Late Industrialization in India