Module III. The Emergence of Capitalism in Early Modern Europe

  • 05 Mar
    03 Apr

    Theoretical Foundations

    Rohit Goel

Module III. The Emergence of Capitalism in Early Modern Europe

In Capital, Marx offers the most systemic unpacking of the logic of capital and its contradictions, from the post -Industrial Revolution vantage of full-throttled capitalist production. However, in his sections on ‘primitive accumulation’, Marx struggles to explain the historical ‘when, where, why, and how’ of capitalism’s emergence. This course attempts to answer these questions, considering the strongest scholarship on the emergence of capitalism in early modern Europe. In addition to Marx’s attempt, we will consider the efforts of Max Weber (The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism), Giovanni Arrighi (The Long Twentieth Century), Jan de Vries (The Industrious Revolution), Robert Brenner (The Brenner Debates), Kenneth Pomeranz (The Great Divergence), William H. Sewell Jr. (“The Empire of Fashion”), and others.

Course Requirements:
Attendance is strongly encouraged. Students should come to class having read the assigned material and prepared to discuss it. Theoretical Foundations (TF) is a Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate Course. Students who successfully attend 75% of each of three modules over the course of TF’s two-year cycle are eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate. Those who successfully attend and complete a 10-12 page essay each of three modules are eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma. And, those who successfully attend and/or write for one or two modules are eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

Registration Fee:
Rs. 7,500/- (Participation with 75% attendance)
Rs. 10,000/- (Participation with 75% attendance, and writing required)

How to apply:
You are required to submit photocopies of your bio and last degree certificate at our center after filling in the enrollment form. Course fees are accepted only in cash, or cheque in favor of 'Jnanapravaha'


Duration -

March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 ; April 2, 3, 2019

Timing: 6:30 - 8:30 PM


Rs. 10,000

Registrations Closed

Rohit Goel

Rohit Goel

Rohit Goel is Academic Director at Jnanapravaha and a PhD Candidate in Political Science and Lecturer at the University of Chicago. His dissertation, “War and Peace in Lebanon,” employs Marxist and psychoanalytic methods to examine the history of Lebanese nationalism. He received a BA in Social and Political Thought from Harvard University and an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.