Capitalism and the Colonies

BannerAustinProfessor Gareth Austin (University of Cambridge) scrutinizes in his lecture at 14th of April 2016, 7pm, trends in the interconnected debates about the relationships between the histories of capitalism and colonialism, especially during global industrialization since the eighteenth century. The venue takes place at the Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung, Mittelweg 36. New research has employed perspectives ranging from “counter-Eurocentric” global economic history to the “neo-liberal” strand of rational-choice institutionalism to illuminate the contribution of colonial trade to the first industrial revolution, whether colonial rule promoted or retarded the deepening of capitalist regimes of property and labor, and whether Japanese or European rule was more favorable for the subsequent industrialization of former colonies. Reviewing this vast terrain, the lecture emphasizes interactions between colonial and indigenous capitalists, arguing against reductionist methodologies that have no room for evidence that complicates such simple binaries as inclusive versus extractive institutions, and economic rent versus economic growth.

Prof. Gareth Austin, Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge; Professor of African and Comparative Economic History, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert, Lehrstuhlinhaber für die Geschichte Afrikas an der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin und Leitung des Geisteswissenschaftlichen Kollegs “Arbeit und Lebenslauf in globalhistorischer Perspektive”, Vorsitzender des Arbeitskreises für Moderne Sozialgeschichte

Eine Veranstaltung im Rahmen der Frühjahrstagung des Arbeitskreises für Moderne Sozialgeschichte im Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung

Ort: Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung, Mittelweg 36, 20148 Hamburg
Beginn: 19 Uhr
Eintritt: frei