Modern France and the History of Capitalism 17 December 2018
This Centre-supported one-day workshop, organised by Alexia Yates (University of Manchester) and funded by Manchester, will take place in Magdalene College, Cambridge. It tests the hypothesis that the history of modern France has a vital contribution to make to the history and historiography of modern capitalism, and asks what we can learn about the evolution of modern economic life by focusing on the French experience. To date, renewed interests in economic history and the history of capitalism in the French and Francophone contexts have tended to focus on the early modern and revolutionary periods, often with an eye to revising understandings of the origin, course, and nature of the Revolution. The post-revolutionary and contemporary eras, however, in which the economic, social, and cultural relations of capitalism acquired their modern form, have not received similar recent attention. Contributors will present original work offering new perspectives on the 'Frenchness' (or not) of capitalism, and explore ways of reorienting existing historiography thanks to the topics and methodological approaches prominent in the study of modern France. Amongst participants are Erika Vause (St. John's University), Elizabeth Heath (CUNY-Baruch), Tyson Leuchter (University of Chicago), Thomas Dodman (Columbia), David Todd (KCL), and Nicolas Delalande (Sciences-Po). For more information, please contact the organiser.
Centre for History and Economics,
Cambridge CB3 0AG, UK
Tel. +44 (0)1223 331197