Session Title

Was There Capitalism in the Middle Ages?

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Medieval History Workshop, Harvard Univ.

Organizer Name

Henry Gruber

Organizer Affiliation

Harvard Univ.

Presider Name

Henry Gruber

Paper Title 1

Concepts of Capitalism, Old and New

Presenter 1 Name

Tim Barker

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Harvard Univ.

Paper Title 2

Capitalism and the Rise of an Abstract Mentality in Late Medieval France, Burgundy, and Flanders

Presenter 2 Name

Suzanne Verderber

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Pratt Institute

Paper Title 3

What Is Socially Distinctive of Modern Capitalism?

Presenter 3 Name

Zach Wehrwein

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Harvard Univ.

Paper Title 4

Risky Business: Medieval Trade before Capitalism

Presenter 4 Name

Craig E. Bertolet

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Auburn Univ.

Start Date

9-5-2019 1:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 208

Description

Historians of capital tend to view capitalism as distinctly modern. But if capitalism is just another word for modernity, what does that make economic activity in the medieval world? In this panel, we consider the theoretical stakes of pushing capitalism back into the middle ages and investigate what sort of medieval evidence might help us. Henry Gruber

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May 9th, 1:30 PM

Was There Capitalism in the Middle Ages?

Bernhard 208

Historians of capital tend to view capitalism as distinctly modern. But if capitalism is just another word for modernity, what does that make economic activity in the medieval world? In this panel, we consider the theoretical stakes of pushing capitalism back into the middle ages and investigate what sort of medieval evidence might help us. Henry Gruber