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"Exemplified by the rise to commercial power and political influence of the Wal-Marts and other transnational retailers of our own time, the political economy of 21st century merchant capitalism echoes that of the antebellum era when the merchant traders and wholesalers of Boston, New York, and Liverpool also occupied a strategically vital locale in the world economy. Now, as then, the manufacturing enterprise stands in a subordinate relationship to that of the merchant; commodity-like products are traded and sold on a global basis; and labor from the new �workshops of the world� is often squeezed, sweated, mobile, and unfree. Introduction by Ron Suny, Director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Dr. Lichtenstein is Professor of History and the director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His latest book is The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business, Picador Press"
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Presentation Date 2010-09-09
Start Time 16:13:15
Duration 1:35:26
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Classification University of Michigan -- Eisenberg Institute -- The Thursday Series Fall 2010
Tape Label 2010-09-09 Eisenberg Inst
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Date Of Record Creation 2008-07-07 05:09:00
Date Last Modified 2013-02-22 13:54:32
Date Record Checked: 2012-06-19 13:24:37