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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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    Wrap up and reflection part 2

    Wrap up and reflection part 2

    Patricia Clavin (Professor of International History, Oxford) gives a lecture on history and public policy. Part of Panel 6 (wrap up reflection): History and Public Policy
    Chair: Andrew Thompson (Oxford)

    • 10 min
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    Wrap up reflection part 1

    Wrap up reflection part 1

    Jeremy Adelman (Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Princeton) gives a lecture on history and public policy. Part of Panel 6 (wrap up reflection): History and Public Policy
    Chair: Andrew Thompson (Oxford)

    • 20 min
    • video
    Strange Legacies of Divergence:  The Chinese Gold Mining Diaspora 1850-1910

    Strange Legacies of Divergence:  The Chinese Gold Mining Diaspora 1850-1910

    Mae Ngai (Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia) gives a lecture on ‘Strange Legacies of Divergence:  The Chinese Gold Mining Diaspora 1850-1910’. Part of Panel 5: Labour and the Household, a Global History
    Chair: Rowena Olegario (Oxford)

    • 23 min
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    Divisions of Labour: the Household and the Economy

    Divisions of Labour: the Household and the Economy

    Peter Hill (Northumbria) gives a lecture on ‘Divisions of Labour: the Household and the Economy’.

    • 20 min
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    Household, Wage Labour and Capitalist Transformations in 20th Century Africa

    Household, Wage Labour and Capitalist Transformations in 20th Century Africa

    Andreas Eckert (Professor of African History, Humboldt-University Berlin) gives a lecture on ‘Household, Wage Labour and Capitalist Transformations in 20th Century Africa’. Part of Panel 5: Labour and the Household, a Global History
    Chair: Rowena Olegario (Oxford)

    • 20 min
    • video
    China and the West: Many Great Divergences

    China and the West: Many Great Divergences

    Joel Mokyr (Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern) gives a lecture on ‘China and the West: Many Great Divergences’. Part of Panel 4: Technology, Institutions and Divergence: Arguments and Counterarguments About Rise and Fall, Success and Failure
    Chair: Christopher McKenna (Oxford)

    • 25 min

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