The Devil's Riches by Jared Poley
A Modern History of Greed (Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association)

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The main weakness of The Devil’s Riches is its sketchy character. In about 200 pages it covers almost six centuries of intellectual history. As a result, its arguments are underdeveloped at times.
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A seeming constant in the history of capitalism, greed has nonetheless undergone considerable transformations over the last five hundred years. This multilayered account offers a fresh take on an old topic, arguing that greed was experienced as a moral phenomenon and deployed to make sense of an unjust world. Focusing specifically on the interrelated themes of religion, economics, and health-each of which sought to study and channel the power of financial desire-Jared Poley shows how evolving ideas about greed became formative elements of the modern experience.

 

About Jared Poley

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Jared Poley is Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University. He is author of Decolonization in Germany: Weimar Narratives of Colonial Loss and Foreign Occupation (2005) and a co-editor of Conversion and the Politics of Religion in Early Modern Germany (2012) and Kinship, Community, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean (2014).
 
Published February 28, 2016 by Berghahn Books. 226 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Daniel Ben-Ami on May 06 2016

The main weakness of The Devil’s Riches is its sketchy character. In about 200 pages it covers almost six centuries of intellectual history. As a result, its arguments are underdeveloped at times.

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