Sven Beckert

Sven Beckert


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The Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University, Sven Beckert is co-chair of the Program on the Study of Capitalism at Harvard and co-chair of the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History. Professor Beckert researches and teaches the history of the United States in the 19th century, with a particular emphasis on the history of capitalism, including its economic, social, political, and transnational dimensions. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, among others.

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“it was not so much the new machines that revolutionized the world, impressive and important as they were. The truly heroic invention was the economic, social, and political institutions in which these machines were embedded.”
Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History

“The empire of cotton has continued to facilitate a giant race to the bottom, limited only by the spatial constraints of the planet.”
Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History

“Ironically, their shocking success also awakened the very forces that eventually would marginalize them within the empire they had created.”
Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History

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