Corporatism, Liberalism, Slavery, and the ‘New Economic History’

In 2008, neo-liberalism struck a major obstacle large enough to shake the global economy and catch the attention of mainstream media.  Explosion of the 2008 housing bubble even forced proponents of liberalism, such as Allan Greenspan, to cast doubt on the “laws of the market.”  Many scholars had known for a long time that the…

White by Law

by Ian F. Haney “In its first words on the subject of citizenship, Congress in 1790 limited naturalization to ‘white persons.’ Though the requirements of naturalization changed fr… Source: White by Law

Review: Free to Enslave: Politics and the Escalation of the British Slave Trade 1688-1714, by William Pettigrew

In “Free to Enslave: Politics and the Escalation of the British Slave Trade 1688-1714,” William Pettigrew argues that historians too often explain England’s participation in the slave trade through “atomized economic calculations of colonists and their suppliers,” rather than broader political participation of the English populace and the state’s role in expanding the slave trade…

Review:Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination, by Gurminder K. Bhambra

Rethinking modernity: postcolonialism and the sociological imagination. By Gurminder K. Bhambra. New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2007. Pp. vii – 200. $130.00 (Cloth). In Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination (2007), sociologist, Gurminder K. Bhambra seeks to decenter Europe’s hegemony on sociology. Writing in the wake of postcolonialism, Bhambra admits that her goal no longer…

Susan Buck-Morss: “Hegel and Haiti”

In 2000, historian Susan Buck-Morss published “Hegel and Haiti,” where she sought to transcend disciplinary, temporal and spacial boundaries by reading Hegel’s master/ slave dialectic in a transnational context.[1] Buck-Morss claims that Hegel began thinking about the relations between masters and slaves as a result of the Haitian Revolution, but philosophy scholars have not considered…

Review: “Slavery’s Scientific Management: Masters and Managers” by Caitlin Rosenthal Caitlin Rosenthal. 2016.

Caitlin Rosenthal. 2016. “Chapter 2. Slavery’s Scientific Management : Masters and Managers” One of the main themes for historians of slavery’s capitalism is showing how American slavery was part of modern capitalist economy.  Traditionally, scholars associate slavery with pre-modern economic institutions, such as feudalism and the likes.  In America (U.S.) during the nineteenth century, the…

Review of: “The Unfree Origins of American Capitalism” Seth Rockman

In “The Unfree Origins of American Capitalism,” historian Seth Rockman claims that “unfree labor plays a central role in the economic history of colonial British North America.”[1] His essays explores why this has been left out of the history of the development of American capitalism in the early Republic. Published in The Economy of Early…

Mission Statement Update

I created Roads to Modernity and Spectres of Modernity blogs without a clear purpose for either. These blogs were bound together by a loose critique of modernity. I wanted a public space to voice my thoughts on history, which lied outside the purview of my Master’s Thesis. I felt there was more to say about…

Asemic Media: Conversations on Nonsense

Originally posted on nuovaletteratura:
An open discussion and introduction to asemic media, language without meaning. We’ll be showing some various outlets of asemic work to give a sense of the background and history of the art form, then opening up the conversation to its philosophical and theoretical implications. Hosted by Todd Burst, Nıhıl Mınus, and…

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies: Colin Gordon reviews The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon in History of the Human Sciences (requires subscription). I hope a preprint will appear on Colin’s academia.edu page soon. It’s a very detailed review of a huge work, covering a wide range of the entries – and briefly mentioning my entry on ‘space’… via…

Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development

Reblogged from H-Net Reviews: Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development. Providence, Rhode Island / Cambridge, Massachusetts: Sven Beckert, Harvard University; Seth Rockman, Brown University, 07.04.2011-09.04.2011. Reviewed by Shaun Nichols Published on H-Soz-u-Kult (May, 2011) Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development For generations, historians have struggled to excavate the roots of what Kenneth…

Slave Revolts

  In an interview with Amy Goodman, from Democracy Now, historian Gerald Horne argues that more attention should be given to slave resistance, for instance: It’s well known that the Africans in the Caribbean were very much involved in various extermination plots, liquidation plots, seeking to abolish, through force of arms and violence, the institution…