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Convergence/Divergence: New Approaches to the Global History of Capitalism Conference

The Global History of Capitalism project, housed within the Oxford Centre for Global History, is a focal point for ongoing scholarship on the history of capitalism. The project promotes an explicitly global perspective that contextualises the history of capitalism beyond the West and investigates the deep institutional roots of capitalist systems.
The Global History of Capitalism project hosted the conference ‘Convergence/Divergence: New Approaches to the Global History of Capitalism’ on September 28-29 2019. The conference brought together cultural, economic, and political historians of global capitalism with the aim of starting a new conversation about the relationship between capitalism and global history.
The conference organisers took the broad theme of global divergences and convergences (from the 1500s to the present) as the starting point for discussion. Global historians and historians of capitalism continue to debate whether there was a “Great Divergence” between the West and Asia in the nineteenth-century. Presenters discussed the timing and causality of the Great Divergence, tales of convergence between Europe and Asia, and new frameworks of discussion for global economic history.
The conference received funding from the Global History of Capitalism Project and Brasenose College, Oxford.

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Convergence/Divergence: New Approaches to the Global History of Capitalism Conference

The Global History of Capitalism project, housed within the Oxford Centre for Global History, is a focal point for ongoing scholarship on the history of capitalism. The project promotes an explicitly global perspective that contextualises the history of capitalism beyond the West and investigates the deep institutional roots of capitalist systems.
The Global History of Capitalism project hosted the conference ‘Convergence/Divergence: New Approaches to the Global History of Capitalism’ on September 28-29 2019. The conference brought together cultural, economic, and political historians of global capitalism with the aim of starting a new conversation about the relationship between capitalism and global history.
The conference organisers took the broad theme of global divergences and convergences (from the 1500s to the present) as the starting point for discussion. Global historians and historians of capitalism continue to debate whether there was a “Great Divergence” between the West and Asia in the nineteenth-century. Presenters discussed the timing and causality of the Great Divergence, tales of convergence between Europe and Asia, and new frameworks of discussion for global economic history.
The conference received funding from the Global History of Capitalism Project and Brasenose College, Oxford.

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    Did the Little Divergence within Europe and America contribute to the Great Divergence?

    Did the Little Divergence within Europe and America contribute to the Great Divergence?

    Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Professor of Economic History, Carlos III University, Madrid) gives a lecture on ‘Did the Little Divergence within Europe and America contribute to the Great Divergence?’ Part of panel 2: The Great Divergence: Timing and Causality 20 years later
    Chair: Sebastian Conrad (Free University, Berlin)

    • 19 min
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    The World Historical in China’s Twentieth Century: Perspectives on Modernity, Globalization and Globality

    The World Historical in China’s Twentieth Century: Perspectives on Modernity, Globalization and Globality

    Rebecca Karl (Professor of History, NYU) gives a lecture on ‘The World Historical in China’s Twentieth Century: Perspectives on Modernity, Globalization and Globality’. Part of Panel 1: The European Miracle or Pre-Orient? Early Modern Convergence Tales as Rival Narratives
    Chair: James Belich (Oxford)

    • 21 min
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    The Spaces In Between: What is Global about the History of Capitalism?

    The Spaces In Between: What is Global about the History of Capitalism?

    Andrew Edwards (Career Development Fellow for the Global History of Capitalism project, Oxford) gives a lecture on ‘The Spaces in Between: What is Global about the History of Capitalism?’ Part of Panel 1: The European Miracle or Pre-Orient? Early Modern Convergence Tales as Rival Narratives
    Chair: James Belich (Oxford)

    • 20 min
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    The Limits of Reciprocal Comparisons: Money and Trade Finance in the Early Modern Period

    The Limits of Reciprocal Comparisons: Money and Trade Finance in the Early Modern Period

    Alejandra Irigoin (Associate Professor in the Department of Economic History, LSE) gives a lecture on ‘The Limits of Reciprocal Comparisons: Money and The Early Modern Period’. Part of Panel 1: The European Miracle or Pre-Orient? Early Modern Convergence Tales as Rival Narratives
    Chair: James Belich (Oxford)

    • 23 min
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    Industry in the Global South, 1840s-1940s: Unfinished Business

    Industry in the Global South, 1840s-1940s: Unfinished Business

    William Clarence-Smith (Emeritus Professor of History, SOAS) gives a lecture on ‘Industry in the Global South, 1840s-1940s: Unfinished Business’. Part of Panel 3: Catastrophe or Liberation? Capitalism or Environment? Anthropocene, Energy, and Global Capitalism
    Chair: Gareth Austin (Cambridge)

    • 18 min
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    Water and the Economic History of India

    Water and the Economic History of India

    Tirthankar Roy (Professor in Economic History, Department of Economic History, LSE) gives a lecture on ‘Water and the Economic History of India’. Part of Panel 3: Catastrophe or Liberation? Capitalism or Environment? Anthropocene, Energy, and Global Capitalism
    Chair: Gareth Austin (Cambridge)

    • 20 min

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