The GiD Lab online panel discussion “Capitalism in Motion. Imagining, Transforming, and Inventing Economic Forms over Time” demonstrated how the views of historians and scholars might contribute to the discussion on the development of capitalism over several centuries and into the modern era. Topics of discussion addressed in particular were the rise of business corporations in the medieval Mediterranean world and beyond, the invention and replication of economic tools – such as money, contracts and joint stock companies – and how the transformation and migration of key components of capitalism occurred across geographies, between cultures and over time. The event took place on 5 November 2020 at the Berlin Science Week and was organized by the German Historical Institute in Rome (GHI Rome) and the Central Office of the Max Weber Foundation in Bonn (MWS). In case you missed it, you can find a short event report by Madeleine Winkler and the recording here.
The GiD Lab panel discussion “Capitalism in Motion. Imagining, Transforming, and Inventing Economic Forms over Time” will take place on 5 November 2020, from 4 to 6 pm as a livestream on YouTube. Dr. Carlo Taviani, Project Researcher at the German Historical Institute in Rome (GHI Rome), wrote the concept. We spoke with him about his research and the event.