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The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) supports advanced research and scholarship on human societies between 1450 and 1850. The Institute’s range is global. Unlike existing centers that focus on particular regions, the Institute aims to advance knowledge of the diverse societies in and around the Atlantic and Pacific basins.
We invite you to explore our website for more information about our fellows, our programming, partnerships, and accomplishments.
Linda & Harlan Martens Economic History Forum: “Empire and the Origins of Capitalism”
Much work in the history of capitalism from a variety of perspectives takes as its starting point phenomena of the mid to late eighteenth century. This conference explores the earlier imperial roots and evolution of that history and follows them forward. From the Italian states and the Iberias to the Netherlands, England, France and beyond, we will discuss how private, state and hybrid imperial policies and companies laid the foundations of modern economies.
See the program for a full schedule.
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The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) exists on the ancestral lands of the Gabrielino-Tongva and Kizh Nation peoples who continue to call this region home. EMSI respectfully acknowledges these Indigenous peoples as the traditional caretakers of this landscape, as the direct descendants of the first people. EMSI recognizes their continued presence and is grateful to have the opportunity to work and learn on this land.