Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left

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Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left

Karl Polanyi A Life on the Left Karl Polanyi was one of the twentieth century s most original interpreters of the market economy His penetrating analysis of globalization s disruptions and the Great Depression s underlying

  • Title: Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left
  • Author: Gareth Dale
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  • Page: 442
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  • Karl Polanyi 1886 1964 was one of the twentieth century s most original interpreters of the market economy His penetrating analysis of globalization s disruptions and the Great Depression s underlying causes still serves as an effective counterargument to free market fundamentalism In this first full biography of the intellectual s life and work, we learn how personalKarl Polanyi 1886 1964 was one of the twentieth century s most original interpreters of the market economy His penetrating analysis of globalization s disruptions and the Great Depression s underlying causes still serves as an effective counterargument to free market fundamentalism In this first full biography of the intellectual s life and work, we learn how personal and historical events structured Polanyi s clear eyed analyses and complex convictions He began his career as a bourgeois radical but transitioned into a Christian socialist with ambivalent views on social democracy, communism, the New Deal, and the intellectual provocations of postwar America.The narrative begins with Polanyi s childhood in the Habsburg Empire and his involvement with the Great War and Hungary s postwar revolution It connects Polanyi s idealistic radicalism to the political promise and intellectual ferment of Red Vienna and the horror of fascism The book revisits Polanyi s oeuvre in English, German, and Hungarian, includes exhaustive research in five archives, and features interviews with Polanyi s daughter, students, and colleagues, clarifying the contradictory aspects of the thinker s work These personal accounts also shed light on Polanyi s network of scholars, Christians, atheists, journalists, hot and cold warriors, and socialists of all stripes Offering a unique portal into an epoch s ruptures, tensions, and upheavals, this biography reflects and condenses extraordinary times through the life of one of its most engaged witnesses.

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    1. Lew Button on said:

      Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left ; Gareth Dale Columbia University PressOne of the published reviews of this biography of economist/ thinker Karl Polanyi states, “The rich historical sourcing provides stimulating material for both scholarly audiences and general readers interested in the lives, contributions, and intellectual thought of fascinating individuals and scholars who lived through this particularly era.” (Sally Randles) Although the reviewer is right about the rich historical sourc [...]

    2. James Spencer on said:

      Lew Button has written a brilliant review below which I agree with in every respect (although my favorite overwrought word in Dale's book is "propaedeutic"; I actually got to the point where I sort of enjoyed the word search). Despite knowing nothing about Polanyi and his work, I came to this after reading a review in the New York Review of Books and in light of my interest in 20th century intellectual history. While I appreciate his critique of market capitalism and his conclusion that the self [...]

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