The Global History of Capitalism

The global history of capitalism project seeks to contextualize the most powerful institutions of the modern world within the long global history of trade, commerce, and corporations.  Truly interdisciplinary in our perspective, the project’s directors, Christopher McKenna and Rowena Olegario, see the project as a platform to invigorate, and enrich, the more traditional disciplines of business history, labour history, economic history, political economy, and institutional sociology.


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As a focal point for ongoing scholarship on the history of capitalism, the project will promote an explicitly global perspective that contextualises the history of capitalism beyond the West and investigates the deep institution roots of capitalist systems.  Given the remarkable scholarship already going on within Oxford’s History Faculty, Economics Faculty, and the Said Business School, the project seeks to contribute an institutional and transnational perspective to the history of capitalism.

This project, housed within the Oxford Centre for Global History, supports postdoctoral fellows, doctoral studentships, and senior research fellows through the generosity of philanthropic donors.  The project is integrated into the interdisciplinary fabric of Oxford, both in undergraduate and graduate teaching and also through a direct link with the collegiate system through a partnership with Brasenose College.  


Project administrator - Claire Philips

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Claire also provides dedicated support to the Global History Research Centre.