The U.S. in Global Economic Histories

German Historical Institute Washington

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Business and Economy; Theory and Methodology


Historians of U.S. imperialism have long traced economic structures to show the extension of American power beyond national borders. Recently, historians of the American economy, including those associated with the “new history of capitalism,” have opened insights into American engagement in economic systems global in scope but independent of the imperial project. This panel will discuss how current approaches to economic history are reshaping understanding of the global contexts of U.S. history. How are historians approaching previously overlooked economic structures and activities? How do global economic histories (re-)locate the United States in the world?

Session Participants

Chair: Naomi Raboy Lamoreaux, Yale University

Panelist: Elisabeth Engel, German Historical Institute, Washington, DC

Panelist: Richard R. John, Columbia University

Panelist: Mary E. Mendoza

Panelist: Simone M. Müller, Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich

Panelist: Mischa Suter, Department of History, University of Basel