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When did Capitalism start?

I have been doing some reading recently on what I considered pre-capitalist history much of which I tried to put in a class struggle context, basically about the coming of the bourgeoisie. I always felt that Capitalism came into being at the end of the 17th century but others challanged this and since I can no longer rely on my schooling, here are some subsequent notes, mainly important dates between 1773 and 1844. …

Important Dates (in my book)

  1. 1764 The invention of the spinning Jenny, interestingly increased the skills of textile workers
  2. 1773 Inclosure Acts 1773 – Wikipedia says, “Between 1604 and 1914, over 5,200 individual enclosure acts were passed, affecting 6.8 million acres (2,800,000 ha; 28,000 km2)”
  3. 1801 The foundation of the London Stock Exchange or 1698, they claim, if you’re truly nostalgic
  4. 1844 Joint Stock Companies Act, the introduction of limited liability (I think).

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