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Maxine Berg | Masterclass
8 October @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Reinventing the Industrial Revolution: One Woman’s History
Over her long career as an economic and social historian Maxine Berg has worked primarily on the long eighteenth century and on twentieth-century historiography. From her early work on economic ideas, proto-industrialisation and women’s history, she later turned to product innovation and consumer culture, and initiated the Warwick Luxury Project. Luxury introduced her to the wider world; she participated in early discussions of global history, using this framework to understand the transformation of British and European manufacture in the eighteenth century. She has been working recently within the framework of global microhistory to find ways of writing about a small place on the far side of the world, Nootka Sound in the 1770s to early 1790s. Since early June 2020, she has been working with Pat Hudson to write a short book on the impact of slavery on Britain’s industrial revolution. This class will discuss the impact of some of the debates she engaged in and the sources she used in shifting the directions of her research.
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