Patterns of Capitalism in Europe: 16th to early 20th Century.

By Kingshuk Chatterjee   |   University of Calcutta
The story of capitalism as a phenomenon has not always been studied at the global level.  Bulk of the academic literature that exists have tended to study capitalism in its heartland of Europe. However, any study of capitalism in the 19th and 20th centuries is incomplete without a treatment of how the phenomenon spread to the rest of the world, and gave rise to two of the biggest pivots of capitalism in the world today – USA and China. The proposed course aims at studying the phenomenon from its European origins to its global spread from the 16th century to the 20th.

Learners enrolled: 239


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 6 weeks
Start Date : 13 Jan 2020
End Date : 22 Feb 2020
Exam Date : 09 May 2020
Enrollment Ends : 09 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Undergraduate


    Week 1:
    Module 1: Transition Debate-I
    Module 2: Transition Debate-II
    Module 3: Transition Debate-III
    Module 4: Rise of Capitalism

    Week 2:
    Module 5: Commercial Revolution: The Age of Financial Capital
    Module 6: Industrialisation before Industrialisation 
    Module 7: The Industrial Revolution
    Module 8: Industrial revolution and the emergence of Industrial Societies in Europe

    Week 3:
    Module 9: Industrial Revolution Great Britain
    Module 10: Industrial Revolution The British Textile Revolution
    Module 11: Industrial Revolution: France

    Week 4:
    Module 12: German industrialization: Its' problems
    Module 13: Industrialization in Continental Europe: Germany
    Module 14: Industrialization in Russia

    Week 5:
    Module 15: Industrialization in Russia: Role of Russian State 
    Module 16: The Age of Empire
    Module 17: The Clash of Empires

    Week 6:
    Module 18: The Crisis of Global Capitalism: the Great War and the Great Depression 
    Module 19: Capitalism beyond Europe: the Wealth and Poverty of Nations 
    Module 20: The Great Divergence : the challenge of Kenneth Pomeranz 


    1. Jerry Müller, The Mind &the Market, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2007
    2. Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. Boston: Beacon Press 1944.
    3. Joseph Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism &Democracy New York: Harper & Row, 1942.
    4. Wallerstein, World System Analysis: An Introduction, 2004
    5. Cipolla Carlo, M, Fontana Economic History of Europe, VOL I&II Collins, 1973.
    6. Christopher Hill, From Reformation to Industrial Revolution, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1967
    7. Jan De Vries, The Industrial Revolution &the Industrious Revolution, 1994.


    Kingshuk Chatterjee

    University of Calcutta
    Dr. Kingshuk Chatterjee is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, Calcutta University and an adjunct at the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, Calcutta University.  He is also Deputy Director, Centre for Pakistan and West Asian Studies, Calcutta University, and Director, Centre for Studies in China and her Neighbourhood, Calcutta University.  He has previously served as a Founding Professor in the Department of History, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Shiv Nadar University and Fellow at the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Chatterjee’s area of expertise is Middle Eastern politics and Political Islam in the Modern World. He is the author of the monograph Ali Shariati and the Making of Political Islam in Iran (2011) and edited several volumes on Middle Eastern Politics including The Dilemma of Popular Sovereignty in the Middle East: Power from or to the People? (2014) and Contours of Relationship: India and the Middle East (2017)


    30% for in Course Assessment & 70% of end-term Proctored Exam.