Histories of Capitalism | Newberry

Histories of Capitalism

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Rudi Batzell, Lake Forest College
Full. Waitlist only.
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Recently “capitalism” has emerged as a major category for analysis and debate. This seminar will explore some of this new research and how it can challenge the way we teach major topics in global and US history. The seminar will explore how the history of capitalism can helpfully frame three major historical junctures. First, a global perspective on the industrial revolution that allows us to ask why Britain and then Europe developed and became wealthy compared to other advanced regions in the “Great Divergence.” Second, an Atlantic perspective on slavery and capitalism allows us to explore how two systems of labor (free waged labor, coerced enslaved labor) became so closely interconnected yet distinct parts of the the nineteenth century economy. Finally, turning to the history of the United States, we will examine the relationship of governmental power and capitalism. According to many theorists, capitalism is defined by government restraint and limits. Yet when we look at the actual history of capitalism, a pattern of extensive and expanding state capacity appears to be one of the defining features of capitalist economies.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.