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Fall 2020 Middle East GU4151 section 001
DEBATES ON CAPITALISM

Call Number 14420
Day & Time
Location
W 2:10pm-4:00pm
ONLINE ONLY
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Elleni Zeleke
Type SEMINAR
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description Within the literature on the history of capitalism there is a lively debate that seeks to explain the world-historical transition from feudal and tributary modes of production to the capitalist mode of production. Substantial issues raised in this debate include the question of whether capitalism can be characterized as a mode of production dominated by the exploitation of free labour; the role of international trade in the origin and development of capitalism; and the role of agriculture in promoting a transition to capitalism. Through the publication of two key texts in the late 1970s Robert Brenner's proposition that capitalism had its origins in English agriculture came to dominate the transition debate. More recently, however, there have been a number of publications that seek to challenge the Anglo-centric and Eurocentric tendencies of the entire transition debate. This course begins with the Brenner debates and then takes up revisions, critiques and challenges to that debate. Ultimately, the aim of the course is to more clearly understand the place of non-European polities and peoples in the history and development of capitalism.
Web Site Vergil
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 13 students (25 max) as of 3:34PM Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Subject Middle East
Number GU4151
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20203MDES4151W001

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