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Nodes of Early Modern Capitalism - II

Add to calendar 2023-09-21 09:00 2023-09-22 17:00 Europe/Rome Nodes of Early Modern Capitalism - II Sala degli Stemmi Villa Salviati - Castle YYYY-MM-DD


Thu 21 Sep 2023 09.00 - 18.10

Fri 22 Sep 2023 09.00 - 17.00


Sala degli Stemmi

Villa Salviati - Castle

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Conference in the framework of the ERC project CAPASIA - The Asian Origins of Global Capitalism.

'World cities' and 'global cities' have received considerable attention in studies of contemporary globalisation and the twentieth-century rise of financial capitalism. More recently, work on 'special economic zones' and the concept of 'archipelago capitalism' (referring to tax havens) suggest that the early modern history of capitalism needs to go beyond land and labour control to include the links between commerce and urbanism that emerged in the early modern period.

While early modern historians have investigated merchant trading networks to address the differing ways in which connectivity transformed relationships between regions, the role of urban nodes – what used to be called 'trading ports', 'emporia' and 'commercial hubs' - in pre-modern capitalist development remains little studied.

It is precisely these 'Nodes of Early Modern Capitalism' that this conference – a follow-up to workshop held in September 2021 - will investigate, from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. 

This two-day conference will be held at the EUI as part of the CAPASIA ERC project.

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the ERC grant agreement No 101054345.


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