A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet


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University of California Press
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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist, and academic. He is Research Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University. He is the author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy.

Jason W. Moore teaches world history and world-ecology at Binghamton University and is coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network. He is the author of several books, including Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital, and numerous award-winning essays in environmental history, political economy, and social theory.


"An informed, sometimes acute, polemic against capitalism's half-millennium of colonial exploitation."-- "Nature"
"Any good dialectical analysis lives or dies by its synthesis, and Patel and Moore's is spot on. Particularly, the concept of cheap lives stands out as a novel way to tie the important threads of critical thought on capitalism's history into a coherent tapestry of how it persists, as well as a way to comprehend and resist capitalism in 2017."-- "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"A provocative and highly readable guide to the early centuries of capitalism."-- "Resilience"
"An intriguing approach to analyzing today's planetary emergencies. . . . Nicely blends ecological research with broad stroke history to demonstrate how humans have invented strategies to make the world safe for capitalism."-- "Library Journal"
"Sweeping erudition, and an impressive ability to synthesize disparate elements."-- "The Guardian"
"Offers a way of imagining, if not completely grasping, what it means to be fully human. The authors help us see what it is to be material in a world of ideas, and to be cultural in a world of matter."-- "Journal of World History"
"Recommended Weekend Reading"-- "Food Politics"
"Compelling and capacious. . . . At seemingly every turn, Seven Cheap Things gestures to a potentially broader discourse that should embolden readers and scholars to view networks of exchange in new--and even 'revolutionary'--ways."-- "CENHS Blog"
"A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things offers us a powerful . . . critical analysis and a glimpse of what the world might become."-- "Social Policy Magazine"