Josef Alaric Nothmann


Ph.D. Candidate

I am a historian of capitalism(s), specialized in Germany and modern Europe. In my current work, a history of the use, abuse, and decline of commodity futures contracts in modern Germany (c. 1850-1935), I draw primarily on legal, economic, and business history while not forgetting the social, cultural and intellectual contexts and implications of my subject.


BA, History and German Studies (Honors), summa cum laude, Suffolk University

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Research Interests

German history, European history, economic and business history, legal history, history of material culture, clothing history, history and aesthetics, commodity history