(Author) Tristram Hunt revises The Wealth of Nations=Ten Cities that made an Empire (2014)
Genre: Historical novel
Author: Tristram Hunt
Publisher: Allan Lane (Penguin books), http://www.amazon.com/Cities-Empire-British-Colonies-Creation/dp/0805093087/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407378373&sr=1-2&keywords=ten+cities+that+made+an+empire
**Available in States-November 25, 2014
**Available currently in UK
Formats: Kindle, Hardcover
Critique: Readers and followers of the capitalist manifesto The Wealth of Nations (1776) will find Ten Cities that made an Empire (2014) is a text that extends the borders of Adam Smith’s treatise. The virtual ‘village’ of the colonized in Boston, Bridgetown, Dublin, Cape Town, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Bombay, Melbourne, New Delhi, and Liverpool formed the basis of the Empire to serve Britain. The extensive scholarship of the author, Tristam Hunt, permits the reader to be privy to the colonial ‘virtuoso’ of Western civilization, England, as it orchestrated the colonization of peoples and nations to serve the needs of the Master Class. Companies and commerce were revered and provided with the sustenance to survive….at the expense of the subjugated. Religion served a vocation within the mutual enterprise towards financial success. Bridgetown of the West Indies offered the imperial nation through land wealth and slave industry. Once again, readers see the expanded connections between the classic, capitalist manifesto (of old) and Hunt’s latest work. Cheap, slave labor was an important tool in the process of garnering workers to fuel an economy to sustain the Master Class. The empire, as illustrated by Tristam Hunt, was not immune to aesthetic inclinations, however. Another link within the colonial orchestra was Cape Town. In fact, it was termed as ‘Little Amsterdam’ with ditches, bridges, sluices, and low-walled channels imposed upon an African terrain. Hong Kong, another pinnacle with the colonial Empire, was seen by Brits as a place of unrivaled beauty and potential as a means to be molded to suit a Western perspective.
Throughout this text, there is a philosophical thread which connects all of the capitalist endeavors of England. In Boston, Bridgetown, Hong Kong, and all of the colonial settlements…..the aim was to domesticate the economies and people to meet the needs of Britain.
I recommend this book to all historians. This is a vital work in the cause of understanding capitalism. The value of this book cannot be underestimated. But, the range of readers must be extended to include politicians, sociologists, social scientists, educators, and citizens all. Are corporations people? The current consensus of American legislation is that corporations are people. Is this an old, political agenda resuscitated from the past? Readers ought to ponder this and the consequences resulting from such a concept and policy.
Critique: This is an enlightening text. The scholarship and research of the author is so impressive. Tristam Hunt, the author spares no effort in researching every of the development of the British Empire through ten cities. The revelation, for me, is the fact the empire was actually composed of a string of involuntary parties which were routed and orchestrated to serve the Master Class of British capitalism. Tragically, the fall of the empire of servitude acted as a catalyst for the decline of Britain. Without servitude the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the British could not sustain themselves in the style afforded by oppression. I enjoy reading this work over and over.