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How the World Works

How the World Works

The Story of Human Labor from Prehistory to the Modern Day

by Paul Cockshott

Published by: Monthly Review Press

440 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781583677773
  • Published: January 2020


  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781583677780
  • Published: January 2020



A sweeping history of the full range of human labor

Few authors are able to write cogently in both the scientific and the economic spheres. Even fewer possess the intellectual scope needed to address science and economics at a macro as well as a micro level. But Paul Cockshott, using the dual lenses of Marxist economics and technological advance, has managed to pull off a stunningly acute critical perspective of human history, from pre-agricultural societies to the present. In How the World Works, Cockshott connects scientific, economic, and societal strands to produce a sweeping and detailed work of historical analysis. This book will astound readers of all backgrounds and ages; it will also will engage scholars of history, science, and economics for years to come.