Economic History and Economic Culture of the Early Modern Atlantic World, c. 1500-1800

History 280U.001

Spring 2012
205 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
Tu 10-12P

This course explores the development of European economies and the creation of new Atlantic economic systems during the era of European contact with and expansion into the "new worlds" of sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas. In doing so, it also attends to distinctive features of economic life emerging in this era - new theories of political economy, experiments in monetary systems and credit networks, radical new forms of slavery and labor commodification, the rise of cultures of consumption - that helped to create the modern world. It is intended for graduate students in history and related disciplines, working in any relevant geographical areas, whose interests pertain to this subject.