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The Devil's Riches

A Modern History of Greed

Jared Poley

228 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-126-8 $110.00/£78.00 Hb Published (February 2016)

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“…a thought-provoking study of a subject that is too often taken for granted, rather than subjected to critical examination.” · Financial Times

“Scholarly yet accessible, this is an excellent, much-needed analysis of a subject that is both topical and timeless. Poley focuses on key figures and social forces in well-chosen case studies from throughout modern history, providing a valuable perspective on the last half millennium of globalized capital.” · Douglas McGetchin, Florida Atlantic University

A seeming constant in the history of capitalism, greed has nonetheless undergone considerable transformations over the last five hundred years. This multilayered account offers a fresh take on an old topic, arguing that greed was experienced as a moral phenomenon and deployed to make sense of an unjust world. Focusing specifically on the interrelated themes of religion, economics, and health—each of which sought to study and channel the power of financial desire—Jared Poley shows how evolving ideas about greed became formative elements of the modern experience.

Jared Poley is Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University. He is author of Decolonization in Germany: Weimar Narratives of Colonial Loss and Foreign Occupation (2005) and a co-editor of Conversion and the Politics of Religion in Early Modern Germany (2012) and Kinship, Community, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean (2014).

Series: Volume 11, Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association
Subject: Economic History
Area: Europe

LC: BJ1535.A8 P65 2016

BISAC: HIS037070 HISTORY/Modern/20th Century; HIS054000 HISTORY/Social History; BUS023000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS/Economic History

BIC: HBJD European history; KCZ Economic history




Chapter 1. Greed and Avarice before Absolutism
Chapter 2. The Confessionalization of an Emotion
Chapter 3. Greed and the Law in the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 4. Greed, Consumerism, and the State
Chapter 5. Greed and the Oscillations between Liberalism and Socialism
Chapter 6. Greed and the New Spiritualism
Chapter 7. The Psychology and Psychoanalysis of Greed

Conclusions: Greed and History


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