History | Capitalism in the Early Modern Atlantic World
A300 | 13546 | Dierks


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA’s only

Where does “globalization” come from?  What is “capitalism” and how
has it changed over time as a political ideology and as an economic
structure?  This course will look at the history of “capitalism”
and “globalization” in the early modern global world emanating from
Europe outward to the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
We will begin with the economic expansionism and cultural
renaissance of Venice in the thirteenth century, and end with the
articulation in Britain and the United States of “socialism” as an
ideological alternative to “capitalism” in the nineteenth century.
In between we will examine the construction of a Eurocentric global
economy, a British global empire, and an American continental empire
from a variety of perspectives:  finance and banking, trade and
commerce, manufacturing and services, free and unfree labor,
subsistence and consumerism, money and taxes, communications and
transportation, bureaucratization and imperialism.  Throughout the
course we will use dilemmas of the past to interrogate the
complexity of our global economy in the present.