O'Connell Initiative

O'Connell Initiative on the Global History of Capitalism

The O'Connell Initiative on the Global History of Capitalism

During the last five hundred years capitalism emerged in Western European to become the dominant means of production, exchange, and consumption of human and material resources throughout the world. It created unimaginable wealth along with astonishing inequality and environmental destruction. We believe that history offers powerful analytic methods for thinking about this transformation.

The O’Connell Initiative is a forum for intellectual exploration. It brings together scholars of every aspect of capitalism, from its earliest medieval origins to its twenty-first century consequences in the Global North and the Global South. It supports groundbreaking research and teaching on global capitalism and engages with the public through lectures, debates, and workshops.

 Scholar Connects Capitalism’s Birth to International Trade

Dr. Timothy Brook

Read an article on Timothy Brook's recent O'Connell Initiative lecture.