History of "capitalist" economic behavior and culture in various premodern societies: the Ancient Middle East, Classical Greece, the Roman Empire, early Islamic society, medieval Christian and Islamic states, the Mongol period and the era of global expansionism; evaluation of competing theories about premodenr economic life and the meaning of "capitalism"
This course is designed to lend a historical perspective to discussions about basic economic systems that organize daily life and livelihood in human societies. It is also designed to help a variety of students think more carefully about the meaning of the frequently used term "capitalism," and the link between terms of art used to describe the present and their link to ways of understanding (and often simplifying) the distant past. Additionally, the course aims to give students in History and in other disciplines experience critically reading and evaluating scholarly theories about economic life in the past, on the large scale. For History, this course will serve as a regular upper-division course, linked either to Europe or to the Middle East as a regional focus. For Global studies this course would serve as an elective within the "Business and Economy" concentration -- lending a historical perspective to this field of study.
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