27 Mai 2024
15:00  - 18:00

Institute for European Global Studies, Riehenstr. 154

Institute for European Global Studies, History Department

Workshop "Writing the Global History of Capitalism" with Prof. Sven Beckert (Harvard University)

Internal workshop for researchers with Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University.

Over the last 10-15 years, the "new history of capitalism" has been one of the most lively fields of debate within the discipline, one that spans different epochs and ranges across economic, political, cultural, social and global history. The workshop is designed as an opportunity to discuss major issues and new directions in the global historiography of capitalism with one of its foremost practitioners.   

The workshop will be based on Prof. Beckert’s current book project, which is a wide-ranging reinterpretation of the history of capitalism over the last millennium. In preparation, participants are asked to read two chapter-length excerpts from his forthcoming book, which will be circulated two weeks in advance. 

Please register by 13 May via this link. Further information, including the book excerpts, will be circulated among participants in due course.

Sven Beckert researches and teaches the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, with a particular emphasis on the history of capitalism, including its economic, social, political and transnational dimensions. He just published Empire of Cotton: A Global History, the first global history of the nineteenth century’s most important commodity. The book won the Bancroft Award, The Philip Taft Award, the Cundill Recognition for Excellence and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times named it one of the ten most important books of 2015. His other publications have focused on the nineteenth-century bourgeoisie, on labor, on democracy, on global history and on the connections between slavery and capitalism. Currently, he is at work on a history of capitalism. Beckert teaches courses on the political economy of modern capitalism, the history of American capitalism, Gilded Age America, labor history, global capitalism and the history of European capitalism. Together with a group of students he has also worked on the historical connections between Harvard and slavery and published Harvard and Slavery: Seeking a Forgotten History.

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