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Name  Sven Beckert
Role  Historian
Education  Columbia University

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Books  Empire of Cotton: A Global History, The monied metropolis, History of American Capitalism
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
Nominations  Pulitzer Prize for History
Similar  Edward E Baptist, Walter Johnson, Louis Hyman, Lisa McGirr, Ann M Blair

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Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University, where he teaches the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, and global history.


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He studied history, economics and political science at the University of Hamburg, Germany and then graduated from Columbia University with a PhD in History. He was an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow. He was a Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies Fellow. He was a New York Public Library Fellow. He is a Guggenheim Fellow.

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He is the author of Empire of Cotton: A Global History (2014), which won the 2015 Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History. The New York Times called it "one of the ten best books of 2015." Economic historian Peer Vries wrote that it was "a mustread for every historian interested in global history, but in my view it is better as a story on cotton than as an analysis of capitalism."


  • Beckert, Sven (2014). Empire of Cotton: A Global History. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-385-35325-0. 
  • —— (2001). The Monied Metropolis. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-52410-0. 
  • Journal articles

  • —— (2005). "From Tuskegee to Togo: The Problem of Freedom in the Empire of Cotton". Journal of American History. 92 (2): 498–526. doi:10.2307/3659276. 
  • —— (2004). "Emancipation and Empire: Reconstructing the Worldwide Web of Cotton Production in the Age of the American Civil War". American Historical Review. 109 (5): 1405–1438. doi:10.1086/530931. 
  • —— (2002). "Democracy and its Discontents: Contesting Suffrage Rights in Gilded Age New York". Past and Present. 174 (1): 114–155. doi:10.1093/past/174.1.116. 
  • Edited volumes

  • Rosenbaum, Julia B.; Beckert, Sven, eds. (2011). The American Bourgeoisie: Distinction and Identity in the Nineteenth Century. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-31454-2. 
  • References

    Sven Beckert Wikipedia