About this Event
The history of capitalism has seen a renaissance over the last decade, but relatively fewer works have focused on its early phases, including the early modern period in which England began evolving into the ‘first industrial nation’.
Koji Yamamoto’s book Taming Capitalism before its Triumph: Distrust, Public Service, and “Projecting” in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2018) offers a fresh reappraisal.
This online symposium brings together renowned scholars from across medieval history, early modern history, historical sociology and political science to discuss the book.
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Wenkai He | HKUST Hong Kong
Cultural History as the Antidote to Whiggish Histories of Capitalism
Martha Howell | Medieval European history, Columbia University
Projects, Intoxicants, and Early-modern Capitalism
Phil Withington | Social and cultural history, University of Sheffield
Projectors, Petitioners, and One-Dimensional Theories of Power
David Zaret | Early modern British history and historical sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington
“Whiggish History”, Projectors and Corporate Capitalism
Steve Pincus | British history and British empire, University of Chicago
Capitalism: The Means or the End to Common Good
Wenkai He | Comparative history and political science, HKUST Hong Kong
‘Reply by the Author’
Koji Yamamoto | Early modern Britain and business history, University of Tokyo