(OPE-L) Re: origins of industrial capitalism -- Middlemarch on PE

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Sat Sep 20 2003 - 08:32:03 EDT

Michael E wrote:

> "She sat down in the library before her particular little heap of books
> on political economy and kindred matters, out of which she was trying to
> get light as to the best way of spending money so as not to injure one's
> neighbours, or -- what comes to the same thing -- so as to do the most
> good. Here was a weighty subject which, if she could but lay hold of it,
> would certainly keep her mind steady." (George Eliot, Middlemarch,
> Chapter Eighty-Three p.804)

What exactly is your point?

Are you questioning the merit of historical studies and the motivation
of historians?  Should debates concerning the historical origins of
industrial capitalism be ridiculed?  Why?

In solidarity, Jerry

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