Constructing Capitalism

Constructing Capitalism : An Economic History of Eastern Australia, 1788-1901

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In 1788, Australia was a gaol. In 1901 it was a liberal capitalist economy.How were the convict settlements, scattered on the edge of a vast unexplored continent, transformed within little more than a century into a 'free enterprise' economy?In tracing the forces engaged in that transformation, Constructing Capitalism places the creation of a new society within its economic and political context. It demonstrates the crucial role of land policy and the labour market in the early years. It describes the rise of merchant capital and the vicissitudes of finance capital. It analyses the central role of the State in economic development.By 1901 most of the legal, political and economic structures familiar to us today had been created. Constructing Capitalism reveals the foundations of contemporary more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Allen & Unwin
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 0043701833
  • 9780043701836

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionGlossary1 Key issues in colonial political economy, 1788-19012 The origins of Australian capitalism, 1788-18303 Making capitalist property relations: politics and land policy, 1830-18604 The rise of merchant capital5 Landed property6 The colonial state and economic development7 Finance capital in the Australian colonies8 Classes in colonial Australia: a Marxist viewpoint9 Crisis and reconstruction in colonial political economy, 1890-1901NotesIndexshow more

About Andrew Wells

A graduate of the Australian National University, DR ANDREW WELLS teaches history at the University of more