Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Out of Stock – The Warehouse in the History of Capitalism - Chicago Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Out of Stock: The Warehouse in the History of Capitalism

Dara Orenstein


This book is an account of that most generic and underappreciated site in American commerce and industry: the warehouse. It traces the progression from the nineteenth century's bonded warehouses to today's foreign-trade zones, enclaves of warehouses and factories where goods can be simultaneously on US soil and off US customs territory. These zones--nearly 800 of which are scattered across the country, and which constitute a significant if little-known subset of the 3,000 that dot the world--anchor the book because they are emblematic of why warehouses have begun to supplant factories in the a ... More

Keywords: commerce, industry, territory, foreign-trade zone, empire, factory, Amazon, Walmart, logistics, cultural history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226662879
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226663067.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dara Orenstein, author
George Washington University