Combined Academic Publishers

History in Financial Times

9781503608900: Hardback
Release Date: 11th June 2019

9781503609457: Paperback
Release Date: 11th June 2019

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 184

Edition: 1st Edition

Series Currencies: New Thinking for Financial Times

Stanford University Press

History in Financial Times

Hardback / £65.00
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Paperback / £18.99
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Critical theorists of economy tend to understand the history of market society as a succession of distinct stages. This vision of history rests on a chronological conception of time whereby each present slips into the past so that a future might take its place. This book argues that the linear mode of thinking misses something crucial about the dynamics of contemporary capitalism. Rather than each present leaving a set past behind it, the past continually circulates through and shapes the present, such that historical change emerges through a shifting panorama of historical associations, names, and dates. The result is a strange feedback loop between now and then, real and imaginary. Demonstrating how this idea can give us a better purchase on financial capitalism in the post-crisis era, History in Financial Times traces the diverse modes of history production at work in the spheres of financial journalism, policy-making, and popular culture. Paying particular attention to narrative and to notions of crisis, recurrence, and revelation, Amin Samman gives us a novel take on the relation between historical thinking and critique.