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An Economic History of the World since 1400

A renowned economic historian reveals the (sometimes surprising) ways money has shaped global politics, innovation, and discovery.

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48 Lectures

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Image of Self-Interest, Human Survival, and History
Self-Interest, Human Survival, and History
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Image of Marco Polo, China, and Silk Road Trade
Marco Polo, China, and Silk Road Trade
0 of 29 min
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Image of Manorial Society in Medieval Europe
Manorial Society in Medieval Europe
0 of 30 min
4
Image of How Black Death Reshaped Town and Field
How Black Death Reshaped Town and Field
0 of 30 min
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Image of Late-14th-Century Guilds and Monopolies
Late-14th-Century Guilds and Monopolies
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Image of European Discovery Routes: East and West
European Discovery Routes: East and West
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Image of 1571: Spain, Portugal Encircle the Globe
1571: Spain, Portugal Encircle the Globe
0 of 29 min
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Image of Old World Bourses and Market Information
Old World Bourses and Market Information
0 of 30 min
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Image of The Europeans’ Plantation Labor Problem
The Europeans’ Plantation Labor Problem
0 of 31 min
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Image of Adam Smith, Mercantilism, State Building
Adam Smith, Mercantilism, State Building
0 of 29 min
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Image of British and Dutch Joint-Stock Companies
British and Dutch Joint-Stock Companies
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12
Image of Europe, the Printing Press, and Science
Europe, the Printing Press, and Science
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Image of The Industrious Revolution: Demand Grows
The Industrious Revolution: Demand Grows
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Image of Why Didn’t China Industrialize Earlier?
Why Didn’t China Industrialize Earlier?
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Image of 18th-Century Agriculture and Production
18th-Century Agriculture and Production
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Image of Industrial Revolution: The Textile Trade
Industrial Revolution: The Textile Trade
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Image of British Coal, Coke, and a New Age of Iron
British Coal, Coke, and a New Age of Iron
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Image of Power: From Peat Bogs to Steam Engines
Power: From Peat Bogs to Steam Engines
0 of 28 min
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Image of A Second Industrial Revolution after 1850
A Second Industrial Revolution after 1850
0 of 32 min
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Image of Family Labor Evolves into Factory Work
Family Labor Evolves into Factory Work
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Image of Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Modern Firm
Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Modern Firm
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Image of 19th-Century Farm Technology, Land Reform
19th-Century Farm Technology, Land Reform
0 of 31 min
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Image of Speeding Up: Canals, Steamships, Railroads
Speeding Up: Canals, Steamships, Railroads
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Image of European Urbanization and Emigration
European Urbanization and Emigration
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25
Image of Unions, Strikes, and the Haymarket Affair
Unions, Strikes, and the Haymarket Affair
0 of 29 min
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Image of Banks, Central Banks, and Modern States
Banks, Central Banks, and Modern States
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Image of Understanding Uneven Economic Development
Understanding Uneven Economic Development
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Image of Adam Smith’s Argument for Free Trade
Adam Smith’s Argument for Free Trade
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Image of Middle-Class Catalogs and Mass Consumption
Middle-Class Catalogs and Mass Consumption
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Image of Imperialism: Land Grabs and Morality Plays
Imperialism: Land Grabs and Morality Plays
0 of 31 min
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Image of World War I: Industrial Powers Collide
World War I: Industrial Powers Collide
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Image of Russia’s Marxist-Leninist Experiment
Russia’s Marxist-Leninist Experiment
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Image of The Trouble with the Gold Standard
The Trouble with the Gold Standard
0 of 32 min
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Image of Tariffs, Cartels, and John Maynard Keynes
Tariffs, Cartels, and John Maynard Keynes
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Image of Japanese Expansionism: Manchurian Incident
Japanese Expansionism: Manchurian Incident
0 of 29 min
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Image of U.S. Aid and a Postwar Economic Miracle
U.S. Aid and a Postwar Economic Miracle
0 of 29 min
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Image of Colonialism and the Independence Movement
Colonialism and the Independence Movement
0 of 29 min
38
Image of Japan, the Transistor, and Asia’s Tigers
Japan, the Transistor, and Asia’s Tigers
0 of 31 min
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Image of The Welfare State: From Bismarck to Obama
The Welfare State: From Bismarck to Obama
0 of 31 min
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Image of The End of American Exceptionalism?
The End of American Exceptionalism?
0 of 32 min
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Image of Middle East: From Pawn to Power Broker
Middle East: From Pawn to Power Broker
0 of 29 min
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Image of Germany, the European Union, and the Euro
Germany, the European Union, and the Euro
0 of 29 min
43
Image of Free Trade: Global versus Regional Blocs
Free Trade: Global versus Regional Blocs
0 of 30 min
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Image of Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and the Soviet Decline
Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and the Soviet Decline
0 of 30 min
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Image of Half the World Left behind in Poverty
Half the World Left behind in Poverty
0 of 31 min
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Image of China, India: Two Paths to Wealth Extremes
China, India: Two Paths to Wealth Extremes
0 of 32 min
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Image of The Information Economy: Telegraph to Tech
The Information Economy: Telegraph to Tech
0 of 29 min
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Image of Leverage with Globalization in Its Grip
Leverage with Globalization in Its Grip
0 of 34 min

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August 2, 2019

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May 31, 2019

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t********m
May 11, 2019
Not at all what I expected, but super interesting. This lecture helped me contextualize a lot of world history with economic motivations that other lecture series didn't really cover. Having watched this, for example, I feel I have a much better grasp of how WWI became WWII and then the Cold War and the progression of that Cold War. I've watched other lecture series more concretely devoted to those topics, I studied those topics in school. This series did by far the best job of explaining how we got to those places, and why, for example, Germany is once again a big player on the global stage. For those of you less interested in war, fear not, there's plenty of material that has nothing to do with the subject.

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