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The Lever of Riches: Perspectives on the Making of Capitalism


Value: one unit


To be confirmed


Taught through weekly two-hour seminars 


Best 2 Essays out of 4 (30%) and 3-hour Exam (70%)

The rise of capitalism was one of the greatest transformations in human history. Its impact can only be compared with events such as the emergence of written language or the advent of monotheism. While there is general agreement about the far reaching consequences of the rise of capitalism there is little agreement about the causes of this transformation. The course explores and compares the most important theories that have been put forward in the last 250 years. The reading list includes classic works by Adam Smith, Karl Marx and Max Weber as well as recent contribution such as Gregory Clark's ‘A farewell to alms’, Eric Jones’s ‘The European miracle’ and Kenneth Pommeranz’s ‘The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the making of the modern world economy’. For further information please contact Dr Florian Schui. 


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