Noam Maggor

Noam Maggor
Queen Mary, University of London | QMUL · School of History

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Mark Peterson's The City-State of Boston is a formidable work of history—prodigiously researched, lucidly written, immense in scope, and yet scrupulously detailed. A meticulous history of New England over more than two centuries, the book argues that Boston and its hinterland emerged as a city-state, a “self-governing republic” that was committed f...
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This chapter examines the massive accumulation of local public debt in France and the United States during the latter decades of the nineteenth century, identifying it as a primary technology for mobilizing resources, enhancing state power, and spurring economic development. The remarkable fiscal prowess of municipalities—both at these countries’ c...
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Recientemente, se ha sugerido que la partida económica de los Estados Unidos después de la Guerra Civil marcó una “segunda Gran Divergencia”. Comparado con la “primera” —el surgimiento de Gran Bretaña durante la Revolución industrial—, esta segunda Gran Divergencia es curiosamente poco entendida: debido a que los Estados Unidos siguen siendo la pla...
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In what sense are we living in a “New Gilded Age”? Facile analogies between the late nineteenth century and our own era have proliferated in recent years. Pundits such as Paul Krugman inserted this analogy into the public conversation in the early 2000s, drawing on empirical work by economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez. In underscoring a par...
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It has recently been suggested that the economic departure of the United States after the Civil War marked a ‘Second Great Divergence’. Compared to the ‘First’, the rise of Britain during the Industrial Revolution, this Second Great Divergence is curiously little understood: because the United States remains the template for modernization narrative...
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This essay revisits the incorporation of the West into the economic orbit of the United States as a contested and contradictory process, formative for the trajectory of American capitalism and analogous to turbulent transitions that took place in other peripheral regions in the world economy at the end of the nineteenth century. It examines the for...
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This chapter explores the transformation of American capitalism during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. It departs from the conventional focus on railroads and industrial corporations as engines of economic change. It proposes instead a more historically grounded emphasis on the transition away from the Atlantic-oriented cotton economy toward in...
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THE GREAT INEQUALIZER: AMERICAN CAPITALISM IN THE GILDED AGE AND PROGRESSIVE ERA - Volume 15 Issue 3 - Noam Maggor
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Reimagining Business History. ByPhilip ScrantonandPatrick Fridenson. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. x + 260 pp. Notes, index. Cloth, $50.00; paper, $24.95. ISBN: cloth, 978-1-4214-0861-3; paper, 978-1-4214-0862-0. - Volume 89 Issue 1 - Noam Maggor
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When business historians discarded the melodramatic mode of analysis more than a half century ago, transcending a stale debate over whether business leaders were “heroes” or “villains,” they also shifted emphatically away from finance as a topic of inquiry. A generation of muckraking accounts, culminating in Matthew Josephson's The Robber Barons, h...
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This paper will discuss the transformation of American capitalism in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. In place of the longstanding emphasis on the rise of big business in this period, my own focus is on the integration of a North American market, which was primarily achieved through the flow of investments from the capital-rich cities...
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With the world economy reeling and the European Union undergoing financial upheaval, Joyce Appleby’s The Relentless Revolution is more than timely. Her synthetic history of the remarkably dynamic yet uneven, punctuated, and crisis-prone development of capitalism moves through several centuries, exploring a broad array of phenomena, landscapes, indi...
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The dissertation offers a new perspective on the transformation American capitalism in the late nineteenth century, with an emphasis on the urban and political dimensions of that momentous process. With Boston as a focal point, it examines the consolidation of a North American market by looking at the conflict between two groups of businessmen: the...
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The dissertation offers a new perspective on the transformation American capitalism in the late nineteenth century, with an emphasis on the urban and political dimensions of that momentous process. With Boston as a focal point, it examines the consolidation of a North American market by looking at the conflict between two groups of businessmen: the...

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