OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Peter A. Coclanis

Portrait of Peter A. Coclanis

Peter A. Coclanis is the Albert R. Newsome Distinguished Professor of History and the director of the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous works in U.S. and international economic history, including The Shadow of a Dream: Economic Life and Death in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1920 (1989); with David L. Carlton, The South, the Nation, and the World: Perspectives on Southern Economic Development (2003); and Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Globalization in Southeast Asia over la Longue Durée (2006).; and with Sven Beckert, Barbara Hahn, and Richard Follett, Plantation Kingdom: The American South and Its Global Commodities (2016).

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OAH Lectures

Lecturer traces how and why the economies of the North and South came to differ and lays out the long-run implications of the different paths taken.
The lecture traces the key role that agriculture has played in America's development, and lays out the key features that have informed U.S. agriculture over the centuries.
The long, complex, tangled relationship between slavery and capitalism in America, this lecture covers and contextualizes work in the "new history of American capitalism" vein.
The lecturer looks at the role of the entrepreneur in America's economic development, the ways in which entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship have been treated by economists over time, and recent work on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.
The lecturer looks at the complex history of globalization, traces the ways in which the history of globalization has been conceptualized by historians, lays out some of the pitfalls in thinking about globalization, and offers some thoughts about the future of globalization in light of recent developments.
Lecturer assesses how capitalist development in the U.S. affected workers int he U.S., paying particular attention to recent findings by economic historians and scholars working in the field of anthropometric history.
The lecturer takes on the broad question of the role of slavery in the American South, paying particular attention to change over time, and the complex and complicated ways in which slavery affected the southern and American economies.
The lecturer uses the history of the international trade in rice over the past three hundred years as a prism through which to view the promise and perils of economic globalization.
The lecturer discusses the principal features of the postwar boom and attempts to reassess its meaning in light of new developments and new scholarship on the US and global economies since World War II.