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1.1. The word “capitalism” has often been a highly controversial one, not only in political contexts but also in sociology and academia generally, though much less so in English, Italian, and Japanese circles than, for example, in Germany. The word has often been used to make accusations, and thus it has become regarded as an ideological term. Nazism demagogically equated it with Western countries (“capitalist plutocracy”) or with the Jewish population (jüdisches Wucherkapital, “Jewish usury capital”). After …

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Müller, Rudolf Wolfgang, “Capitalism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 11 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C132>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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