HIST206 - THINKING ABT CAPITALISM

Description: 
Throughout the world today, economists are influential policymakers and public intellectuals, and non-economists understand many aspects of their lives in economic terms. But as recently as 1945 in some regions of the world and as distantly as 1776 in others, the concept of the economy, the field of economics, and economists as a professional community did not exist. This class explores non-economic ways of understanding material life that have preceded, challenged, or undergirded economic thinking; the emergence of the economy and economics as naturalized, globally recognizable concepts; the formation of economists as an authoritative professional group; and the rise of economic reasoning in daily life. The class takes a global approach, exploring these developments in societies from eighteenth-century Britain to twentieth-century Egypt in order to understand the local variations, international relationships, and transnational processes at work. It simultaneously takes a social approach to intellectual history, considering how popular and professional ideas developed in relation to one another, and how knowledge related to lived experience.
Instructors: 
OFFNER, AMY
Day and Time: 
R 0130PM-0430PM
Room: 
DAVID RITTENHOUSE LAB 2N36
Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
    Syllabus: