Martha Howell is Miriam Champion Professor of History at Columbia. Her books include Commerce Before Capitalism in Europe, 1300–1600 and The Marriage Exchange: Property, Social Place and Gender in Cities of the Low Countries, 1300–1550. (April 2016)
The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger
by Greg Steinmetz
After more than twenty years of relative neglect, the history of capitalism is once again of high interest to scholars and their students. The new interest has many sources, but the chief impetus is surely the recognition that the world we know is rapidly changing under the pressure of a global capitalist system that is moving away from the forms it has taken since its early modern beginnings in Europe.