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.
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).
Preface Introduction Chapter 1. Greed and Avarice before Absolutism Chapter 2. The Confessionalization of an Emotion Chapter 3. Greed and the Law in the Seventeenth Century Chapter 4. Greed, Consumerism, and the State Chapter 5. Greed and the Oscillations between Liberalism and Socialism Chapter 6. Greed and the New Spiritualism Chapter 7. The Psychology and Psychoanalysis of Greed Conclusions: Greed and History Index