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Econ 210a Syllabus

Econ 210a: Memo Question for January 26, 2011

"The treasure captured outside Europe by undisguised looting, enslavement and murder, floated back to the mother-country and were there turned into capital."

-- Marx, Capital, Vol. 1 Ch. 32.

Do the other assigned readings for January 26 provide any basis for assessing the general truth of this passage from Marx? In what sense did colonial trade in the 1497-1800 period contribute to capital formation in Europe?

January 26. The Commercial Revolution (deVries)

Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson, and James Robinson (2005), "The Rise of Europe: Atlantic Trade, Institutional Change, and Economic Growth," American Economic Review 95, pp. 546-79.

Karl Marx (1867), "The So-called Primitive Capital Accumulation," Capital, Vol. 1, Part VIII, Primitive Accumulation, chapters 26-32. http://tinyurl.com/dl20090112k

Jan de Vries, "The Limits to Globalization in the Early Modern World," Economic History Review 63 (2010), pp. 710-33.

Jeffrey Williamson and Kevin O'Rourke (2002), "After Columbus: Explaining the Global Trade Boom 1500-1800," Journal of Economic History 62:2, pp. 417-56. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2698186

Ralph Austen and Woodruff Smith (1990), "Private Tooth Decay as Public Economic Virtue: The Slave-Sugar Triangle, Consumerism, and European Industrialization," Social Science History 14:1, pp. 95-115. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1171366