Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics 2021 Volume 2.2

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2021 Volume 2.2

Capitalism, Issue 2.2 is now on MUSE!

About Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics

Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics offers a trans-disciplinary forum for the examination of the history of economic phenomena broadly conceived. It features original and peer-reviewed contributions by authors from across the humanities and social sciences on the historical dimensions of markets, capitalism, political economy, and economic thought. It is also interested in how economic questions interact with those of power, knowledge, race, class, and gender, as well as the interplay between the environment and the economy, in any region of the world. The journal aims to publish canon-questioning research that challenges and denaturalizes existing categories and modes of analysis. To those ends, we welcome any methodological or theoretical approach so long as there is a historical dimension to the analysis.

From the Back Cover of Issue 2.2

CAP2.2Back These court women are preparing silk fabrics in the imperial household. The painting was completed during the Song dynasty (960-1279), when China was “an open empire,” technologically and economically superior to a European continent that was still closed and provincial. Women across human societies have almost invariably carried out underpaid and undervalued labor, yet silk in China was highly prized, akin to currency in many instances, and being employed at the emperor’s court was preferable to being occupied on the fringes of the artisanal guilds that, in Europe, were beginning to afford career opportunities to men but not to women. What counts as the center in the history of capitalism? Who and what stands on the margins? The perspective from which we answer these questions also determines how we write the histories that we write. - Francesca Trivellato


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