Capitalism in the Age of Revolution


Spring 2020





Capitalism is a broad category, but by almost any measure it includes the large-scale financial and trading corporations that dominate our current political-economic debates. This seminar focuses on a period of Atlantic history when the monopoly trading corporation became one of the central vehicles for propagating novel instruments of credit, debt, and investment. Beginning with the first major stock market crashes in 1719-1720, we look at the eighteenth century as a period of recurring financial crisis in which corporate power came into sustained and direct contact with emerging republican norms.