Week 4: Capitalism & Colonialism II

Wednesday, 2/11

Keywords: slavery, reparations, industrialization, Marxism, proletariat, bourgeoisie

  • Week 4 Discussion Prompt: Slavery and Labor Power (74)

    Part 1: Chapter 4 of Origins of the Modern World gives an historical account of European industrialization. In what ways were colonialism and slavery central to these processes of industrialization? How can we connect this history to the articles by Coates and Wiencek?

    Part 2:  In this opening section of the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels also give an account of industrialization. What do they mean by “bourgeoisie” and “proletariat” and how are these concepts  central to their description of industrialization?

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