Economy, Culture, and the Historical Origins of Capitalism


In this conference we examined three contending views of the relationship of markets and culture in the explanation of the rise of capitalism: Joyce Appleby’s Relentless Revolution, Joel Mokyr’s The Enlightened Economy, and Deirdre McCloskey’s Bourgeois Dignity.


Conference Readings

Appleby, Joyce. The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010.

McCloskey, Deirdre N. Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Mokyr, Joel. The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain 1700-1850. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.