T/Th 11:00AM – 12:20PM

Dr. Maura O’Connor

This course examines the historical, cultural, and economic histories of the rise and expansion of financial and global capitalism through the lens of the stock exchange as a world institution, from the seventeenth century to the present.

The course explores the relationships between the stock exchange and early forms of mercantile and commercial capitalism as well as the slave trade and colonialism; the rise of technologies that helped to erase space and time like the railroad, telegraph, telephone, and then computer; and the stock exchange’s relationships to industrialization and democracy.