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Inaugural lecture prof.dr. P. Brandon

26 May 2023 15:45 - 16:45

Elements of Original Accumulation: Dispossession, War, and Slavery in the History of Capitalism

Dispossession, war, and slavery in the history of capitalism

In this lecture Pepijn Brandon, professor of Global Economic and Social History, examines the role of large-scale violence in the history of capitalism⁠. Dispossession, war, and slavery have often functioned as kick-starters for capitalist development⁠. Karl Marx famously dubbed this process “original” or “primitive accumulation”⁠.

Many have drawn the conclusion that large scale violence is merely a historical precedent of “real” capitalism, which operates through non-violent markets and competition⁠. With violent catastrophes all around us, Brandon explains why “original accumulation” is not just the starting point, but also the result of capitalist development⁠.


Inaugural lecture by prof.dr. P. Brandon

Faculty of Humanity

The inaugural lecture can also be followed online.

About Inaugural lecture prof.dr. P. Brandon

Starting date

  • 26 May 2023


  • 15:45 - 16:45


  • VU Aula


  • De Boelelaan 1105
  • 1081 HV Amsterdam

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