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Global History of Capitalism

Since the global financial crisis of 2008, there has been an explosion of interest in the history of capitalism. Some narratives focus on enormous waste, environmental destruction, overpowered corporations, exploitation of workers, or outrageous inequality. Others are more positive, telling a story about unparalleled prosperity, longer life expectancies, integration of markets, connectivity among peoples, and poverty alleviation.

In this course, we emphasize the complexity of capitalism over such neat narratives. By looking at capitalism through a global lens, we investigate multiple types of explanations and impacts on local, national, regional and global levels. We also examine a range of different topics deeply connected to the evolution of capitalism; including labor relations, migration, commodities, consumption, finance, war, imperialism, development, energy, and the environment.

Some of the questions we will discuss in this course are:
  • How is capitalism related to globalization?
  • What are the important institutions of global capitalism?
  • How can we understand consumption and capitalism by following the production, supply and demand chains of commodities like rubber, sugar or petroleum?
  • What is the role of the state in the development of capitalism, and is there a relationship between capitalism and empire?
  • Is global capitalism environmentally sustainable?
  • Why did some countries industrialize, while others didn’t?
  • Why do labor markets develop?
  • Is there an inherent tension between capitalism and democracy?

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Rating 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 3 - 5 hours per week
Starts Jan 15 (58 weeks ago)
Cost $0
From Princeton University, PrincetonX via edX
Instructors Teal Arcadi, Caitlin Harvey, Rob Konkel, Felice Physioc, Miles Macallister, Niharika Yadav
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Language English
Subjects Business Humanities
Tags Economics & Finance Humanities History

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Princeton University

Rating 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 3 - 5 hours per week
Starts Jan 15 (58 weeks ago)
Cost $0
From Princeton University, PrincetonX via edX
Instructors Teal Arcadi, Caitlin Harvey, Rob Konkel, Felice Physioc, Miles Macallister, Niharika Yadav
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Business Humanities
Tags Economics & Finance Humanities History