Research School for Economic and Social History


Launch research website CAPASIA Project

Recently, the CAPASIA (The Asian Origins of Global Capitalism) project has launched its new Research Website where you will find updates and highlights on the project’s activities.

CAPASIA is a five-year ERC-funded project hosted at the European University Institute in Florence from 2022 to 2027. The project aspires to provide a polycentric history of early modern capitalism, with the factories of maritime Asia as its focal point. With Professor Giorgio Riello as Principal Investigator, the CAPASIA team consists of four research fellows working on a variety of topics related to European and Asian commercial life in the early modern Indian Ocean.

Working with collaborators from across the globe, CAPASIA will produce an extensive body of scholarship and host a variety of events dedicated to its research agenda. The project’s overarching ambition is to construct a website that integrates the archives of the European East India companies with various Asian archival repositories. To that end, the site will serve as the basis for the ‘decolonization’ of the history of capitalism.