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The Monied Metropolis

The Monied Metropolis
New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie, 1850–1896

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  • Date Published: February 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521524100

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  • Tracing the shifting fortunes and changing character of New York City's economic elite over half a century, Sven Beckert brings to light a neglected--and critical--chapter in the social history of the U.S.: the rise of an American bourgeoisie. The Monied Metropolis is the first comprehensive history of New York's economic elite, the most powerful group in nineteenth-century America. Beckert explains how a small and diverse group of New Yorkers came to wield unprecedented economic, social, and political power from 1850 to the turn of the twentieth century. He reveals the central role of the Civil War in realigning New York's economic elite, and how the New York bourgeoisie reoriented its ideology during Reconstruction, abandoning the free labor views of the antebellum years for laissez-faire liberalism. Sven Beckert is the Dunwalke Associate at Harvard University. He is the recipient of several honors and fellowships, including the Aby Warburg Foundation prize for academic excellence, a MacArthur Dissertation Fellowship and a Andrew W. Mellon fellowship. This is his first book.

    • First systematic history of nineteenth-century United States bourgeoisie
    • Links the history of merchants, industrialists, and bankers to the large political issues of the nineteenth century
    • First work to introduce European debates on bourgeoisie to an American audience
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    "...a deftly told account of the Manhattan bourgeoisie's impressively shrewd negotiation of the ever-shifting terrain of the American political and economic landscape. As such, it yields thought-provoking insights into the ways in which power has been--and continues to be--acquired and exercised in the U.S." Publishers Weekly

    "A fascinating history of New York during the late nineteenth-century, a time when big money was changing the face of the city....dazzingly successful." Kirkus

    "...this is, in general, a deftly told account of the Manhattan bourgeoisie's impressively shrewd negotiation of the ever-shifting terrain of the American political and economic landscape. As such, it yields thought-provoking insights into the ways in which power has been - and continues to be - acquired and exercised in the U.S." Publishers Weekly

    "A fascinating history of New York during the late 19th-century, a time when big money was changing the face of the city....dazzlingly successful." Kirkus Reviews

    "...he has drawn deftly on an immense body of recent historical work on the period as well on extensive New York archives." William R. Taylor, washingtonpost.com

    "...an exceptionally vivid and intelligent tour of a revolutionary class at the peak of its domination. It is indispensable for anyone wishing to understand how a profoundly class-bound society managed to convince itself that class was irrelevant to the U.S. experience." " Newark Star Ledger

    Ruth Century contains an explosive theme...Profesor Beckert also draws several illuminating parallels between then and now." Dallas Morning Star

    "...Mr. Beckert...even in our own post-Marzist age, this approach to history can still bear fruit." The New York Observer

    "Steven Beckert's sober, scholarly study of New York in the 19th century contains an explosive theme: The wealthy class that ruled Gothsm and the rest of the nation did everything in its power to make sure that the working class did not advance from poverty(wait until you draws serveral illuminating parallels between then and now." Dallas Morning News

    "Libraries will purchase The Monied Metropolis and historians will cite it." Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521524100
    • length: 516 pages
    • dimensions: 222 x 153 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 47 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Manners, Fortunes, Politics:
    1. Accumulating capital
    2. Negotiating the New Metropolis
    3. The politics of capital
    Part II. Reluctant Revolutionaries:
    4. Bourgeois New Yorkers go to war
    5. The spoils of victory
    6. Reconstructing New York
    Part III:
    7. Democracy in the Age of Capital
    8. A Bourgeois world
    9. The rights of labor, the rights of property
    10. The power of capital and the crisis of legitimacy
    Epilogue.

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    Sven Beckert, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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