Capitalism and Inequality, 1500-Present

History R1B

Spring 2016
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
0204 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
MWF 100-200
CCN: 
39003
Units: 
4
  • This course satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement.
  • From the Occupy protests of 2011 to the 2015 State of the Union address, economic inequality has become one of the central concerns of our time. Is inequality a natural and inevitable characteristic of human society, or can it be historicized to a specific origin in time and place? What are its determinants and how has it changed over time? Most fundamentally, as the economic historian David Landes once wrote, “Why are some so rich and other so poor?” Answering these questions requires bringing a knowledge of history to contemporary economic debates.