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Published: 24 October 2002

336 Pages | 4 figures

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195159608

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Capitalists in Spite of Themselves

Elite Conflict and European Transitions in Early Modern Europe

Richard Lachmann

Here, Lachmann offers a new explanation for the origins of nation-states and capitalist markets in early modern Europe. Comparing regions and cities within and across England, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands from the 12th through 18th centuries, he shows how conflict among feudal elites---landlords, clerics, kings, and officeholders---transformed the bases of their control over land and labor, forcing the winners of feudal conflicts to become capitalists in spite of themselves as they took defensive actions to protect their privileges from rivals in the aftermath of the Reformation.