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Author Klein, Maury, 1939-

Title The genesis of industrial America, 1870-1920 / Maury Klein
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 224 pages)
Series Cambridge essential histories
Cambridge essential histories.
Contents Prologue : a hothouse for economic growth -- The marvel of men and machines -- The lure of lovely and lucrative land -- The defeat of distance and desolation -- The potential of plentiful power -- The fabrication of familiar forms -- Bargaining with behemoths -- The collision of city and country -- The mastery of mass markets -- Epilogue : the boundaries of big business
Summary This book offers a bold new interpretation of American business history during the formative years 1870-1920, which mark the dawn of modern big business. It focuses on four major revolutions that ushered in this new era: those in power, transportation, communication, and organization. Using the metaphor of America as an economic hothouse uniquely suited to rapid economic growth during these years, it analyzes the interplay of key factors such as entrepreneurial talent, technology, land, natural resources, law, mass markets, and the rise of cities. It also delineates the process that laid the foundation for the modern era, in which virtually every human activity became a business, and, in most cases, a big business. The book also profiles numerous major entrepreneurs whose careers and activities illustrate broader trends and themes. It utilizes a wide variety of sources, including novels from the period, to produce a lively narrative
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-205) and index
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Subject Industrial revolution -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Industrial revolution -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1865-1918.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 051134158X
0511342640 (electronic bk.)
0511817940 (electronic bk.)
9780511342646 (electronic bk.)
9780511817946 (electronic bk.)