Honors | Capitalism in Early Modern Atlantic World (HIST)
A300 | 15264 | Konstantin Diercks
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, labor and status, 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.