Joyce Appleby


On her book The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

Cover Interview of January 05, 2010

A close-up

I’d like my fresh reader to read the introduction carefully because it lays out my argument and makes the assertions that the text must back up.  Many believe that capitalism was an inevitable development and that it had deep roots in European intellectual soil.  In my introduction I explain why I don’t think that either is true.  I would like my reader to give careful attention to how the Four Little Tigers of South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong became important players in the world market, for their differences underscore my point that capitalism takes different shape in different countries because it is a culture and cultures encompass family mores, religion, politics, and personal values.