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Colleen Dunlavy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, March 4, 2016

3 to 5 pm

Room 101

Center for American History and Culture Programs
History of Capitalism Seminar

Putting the Economy Back in History

Colleen A. Dunlavy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Historians now know much more about their own history than they did two decades ago, but a large hole remains: the fate of economic history. This paper sets aside the presentist tendencies of earlier studies and holds economic historians in view even as they disappear from the profession’s main stage. It restores to historians’ memory a much more capacious, more broadly conceived field of inquiry, revealing along the way a money trail of foundation influence and a hitherto unnoticed “fragmentation” in history. This more robust vision of economic history’s past yields useful tools for assessing the new “history of capitalism.”

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