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bare life

Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in ...

Morgan, John Pierpont

Morgan, John Pierpont (1837–1913)   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of the History of American Management

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
3,135 words

...on their payments to Peabody. Morgan's bank survived because his father's bank came to its aid, and his father's bank survived in turn because the Bank of England and the prestigious Barings house had come to Peabody's aid with a loan of £ 800,000. The Panic of 1857 made a deep impression on both Junius and Pierpont Morgan. The father, like the Rothschilds and Barings, detested price competition and passed this disdain on to his son. Pierpont, at the age of twenty, learned the importance of caution in finance and lending, plus a healthy scepticism about...

Gates, William Henry, III

Gates, William Henry, III (1955)   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of the History of American Management

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
2,777 words

...it work, both took risks: Allen left his programming job at Honeywell and Gates dropped out of Harvard in 1976 . He felt it was worth the risk, for ‘the window of opportunity to start a software company might not open again’ (Gates 1995 : 18). In the beginning, Microsoft was a bare-bones operation in which Gates and Allen financed everything themselves. According to Gates, the key to Microsoft's success lay in their vision that there would soon be cheap computers everywhere, and that they would be in the right place at the right time to write the software...

Poverty

Poverty   Reference library

Michael B. Katz

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor, and Economic History

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Current Version:
2013
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Social sciences, Business and Management, Economics
Length:
2,508 words

...periodic illness, rather than long-term unemployment. In the best of times, they earned barely enough to feed and clothe a family, but seasonal labor demands, as well as shifts in the business cycle, often left them with no work at all. In and out of work, they alternated between bare self-sufficiency and dependence. Work-related accidents and sickness struck ordinary workers and their families frequently and with devastating impact. Because they had little or no insurance, a serious illness could devastate the capacity of families to support themselves; well...

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