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O'Connell Initiative

O’Connell Initiative on the Global History of Capitalism

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

The O’Connell Initiative in the Global History of Capitalism is supported by generous gifts from Fordham alumnus Robert J. O’Connell, FCRH '65.


Join us on December 2 for a talk with Dr. Sheila Fitzpatrick, perhaps the most influential historian of modern Russia in the world, whose work (while at the University of Chicago) on the social history of Stalinism revolutionized the field in the 1980s and 1990s. Her more than a dozen books include: Stalin’s Peasants: Resistance and Survival in the Russian Village after Collectivization (Oxford, 1994); Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times; Soviet Russia in the 1930s (Oxford, 1999), and Tear off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in Twentieth-Century Russia (Princeton, 2005). She also co-edited (along with Michael Geyer), the volume Beyond Totalitarianism: Stalinism and Nazism Compared (Cambridge, 2008). She also regularly writes for the London Review of Books. One of her most recent pieces on Stalin’s Great Terror can be found here.






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