Amsterdam as an educator – or: The Rhine as the historic "axis of capitalism"
The 5th Transnational Rhine Conference explores the growing interdependence and interconnectedness of centres and hinterlands, which essentially facilitates the expansion of capitalism. In doing so, it is less the material process of exchange on and with the Rhine as the focus, but more the structural change linked to it, and the way and fashion in which this exchange was handled. Analysing the historical processes at work gives rise to a host of questions, such as: Which goods were traded, and in what manner, up and down the Rhine? Were there crucial changes in volume and, above all, how were the techniques of trade changing and what possible effects did they have on agriculture and industry along the Rhine? What new trading methods were advancing from Holland? How was the supply of new colonial goods to the hinterland organised? To sum up, this conference focuses on the question of the relationship between the Rhine economy and the expansion of capitalistic economic practices with its multiple perspectives. - 30.10.-1.11.2014, Akademie der Wissenschaften Mainz. Organising Committee: Dr. Ralf Banken, Dr. Ute Engelen, Prof. Dr. Hein Klemann, Prof. Dr. Werner Plumpe, Dr. Ben Wubs. Program (PDF) [Okt 2014]
[Abb.: Das 1756 errichtete Packhaus der Handelsfamilie Haniel in Duisburg-Ruhrort; Foto: R. Banken]