by Sven Beckert
WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZE
PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST
Winner of the Alfred and Fay Chandler Book Award
The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, workers and factory owners. Sven Beckert makes clear how these forces ushered in the world of modern capitalism, including the vast wealth and disturbing inequalities that are with us today.