Religion and the Origins of Capitalism

  • Faculty: Mark Valeri
  • Schedule: Mondays/Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 370

This course explores the economic, cultural, and social history of the origins of Anglo-American capitalism from 1500 to 1800. Throughout we will discuss the worldviews and day-to-day business decisions of the merchants who created England’s transatlantic market order and empire. Rather than treat early capitalism only in terms of material or purely economic dynamics, it probes the intellectual constructs that combined with commercial innovations to form capitalism into a social system.