Keywords: contingency, accidents, and conjunctures; global trade; empire; industrialization
- Week 3 Discussion Prompt: History, Colonialism, Globalization (75)
In your own words, what is the central argument Marks makes in The Origins of the Modern World? How do his concepts of contingency, accidents, and conjunctures help build that argument? Use at least one example from the chapters to illustrate this argument. And finally, how can we understand the article about the World Cup in relation to what Marks argues?
Your post is due by 1pm, Wednesday, 2/4. Your replies to your classmates are due by 1pm, Wednesday, 2/11.
- Robert B. Marks, The Origins of the Modern World, Introduction and Ch. 1, 2, and 3 (pages 1-94)
- Michael Winship, interview with Dave Zirin: “FIFA’s World Cup is for the Wealthy, not for the People”
- Excerpts from Cedric Robinson, Black Marxism (analysis of role of slave trade in emergence of capitalist world economy)