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Mar 30

MAR 30

6:00 PM–7:30 PM


6:00 PM–7:30 PM    Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall

Panel Discussion:

Capitalism and the Family in the Atlantic World

A roundtable discussion with Pierre Force, Paul Cheney, Emmanuelle Saada and Carl Wennerlind, moderated by Christopher L. Brown

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Pierre Force talks about his new book, Wealth and Disaster: Atlantic Migrations from a Pyrenean Town in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which follows two families who emigrate from the same Pyrenean Town to Saint-Domingue, tracing their descendants in an epic saga that spans three generations.   Paul Cheney discusses his new book, Cul de Sac: Patrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue (University of Chicago Press, 2017), a micro-history of one plantation in France’s richest colony.  Emmanuelle Saada and Carl Wennerlind will join the discussion as respondents.

Pierre Force is a Professor of French and History at Columbia University. He is the author of Le Problème herméneutique chez Pascal, Molière ou Le Prix des choses: Morale, économie et comédie and Self-Interest before Adam Smith: A Genealogy of Economic Science.  Paul Cheney is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Chicago, and a specialist of old regime France and its colonial empire, with a focus on early modern capitalism. His last book was Revolutionary Commerce: Globalization and the French Monarchy (Harvard University Press, 2010). Emmanuelle Saada is a Professor of French and History at Columbia.  Carl Wennerlind is Associate Professor of History at Barnard College. Christopher L. Brown is a Professor of History at Columbia.

Event co-sponsored by the Maison Française, Department of History, and The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.