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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
0 of 31 min
2
Image of Marco Polo, China, and Silk Road Trade
Marco Polo, China, and Silk Road Trade
0 of 29 min
3
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
5
Image of Late-14th-Century Guilds and Monopolies
Late-14th-Century Guilds and Monopolies
0 of 29 min
6
Image of European Discovery Routes: East and West
European Discovery Routes: East and West
0 of 30 min
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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
10
Image of Adam Smith, Mercantilism, State Building
Adam Smith, Mercantilism, State Building
0 of 29 min
11
Image of British and Dutch Joint-Stock Companies
British and Dutch Joint-Stock Companies
0 of 29 min
12
Image of Europe, the Printing Press, and Science
Europe, the Printing Press, and Science
0 of 30 min
13
Image of The Industrious Revolution: Demand Grows
The Industrious Revolution: Demand Grows
0 of 30 min
14
Image of Why Didn’t China Industrialize Earlier?
Why Didn’t China Industrialize Earlier?
0 of 31 min
15
Image of 18th-Century Agriculture and Production
18th-Century Agriculture and Production
0 of 31 min
16
Image of Industrial Revolution: The Textile Trade
Industrial Revolution: The Textile Trade
0 of 29 min
17
Image of British Coal, Coke, and a New Age of Iron
British Coal, Coke, and a New Age of Iron
0 of 29 min
18
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
20
Image of Family Labor Evolves into Factory Work
Family Labor Evolves into Factory Work
0 of 30 min
21
Image of Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Modern Firm
Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Modern Firm
0 of 31 min
22
Image of 19th-Century Farm Technology, Land Reform
19th-Century Farm Technology, Land Reform
0 of 31 min
23
Image of Speeding Up: Canals, Steamships, Railroads
Speeding Up: Canals, Steamships, Railroads
0 of 30 min
24
Image of European Urbanization and Emigration
European Urbanization and Emigration
0 of 30 min
25
Image of Unions, Strikes, and the Haymarket Affair
Unions, Strikes, and the Haymarket Affair
0 of 29 min
26
Image of Banks, Central Banks, and Modern States
Banks, Central Banks, and Modern States
0 of 31 min
27
Image of Understanding Uneven Economic Development
Understanding Uneven Economic Development
0 of 31 min
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Image of Adam Smith’s Argument for Free Trade
Adam Smith’s Argument for Free Trade
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29
Image of Middle-Class Catalogs and Mass Consumption
Middle-Class Catalogs and Mass Consumption
0 of 30 min
30
Image of Imperialism: Land Grabs and Morality Plays
Imperialism: Land Grabs and Morality Plays
0 of 31 min
31
Image of World War I: Industrial Powers Collide
World War I: Industrial Powers Collide
0 of 30 min
32
Image of Russia’s Marxist-Leninist Experiment
Russia’s Marxist-Leninist Experiment
0 of 30 min
33
Image of The Trouble with the Gold Standard
The Trouble with the Gold Standard
0 of 32 min
34
Image of Tariffs, Cartels, and John Maynard Keynes
Tariffs, Cartels, and John Maynard Keynes
0 of 30 min
35
Image of Japanese Expansionism: Manchurian Incident
Japanese Expansionism: Manchurian Incident
0 of 29 min
36
Image of U.S. Aid and a Postwar Economic Miracle
U.S. Aid and a Postwar Economic Miracle
0 of 29 min
37
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
39
Image of The Welfare State: From Bismarck to Obama
The Welfare State: From Bismarck to Obama
0 of 31 min
40
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
42
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
44
Image of Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and the Soviet Decline
Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and the Soviet Decline
0 of 30 min
45
Image of Half the World Left behind in Poverty
Half the World Left behind in Poverty
0 of 31 min
46
Image of China, India: Two Paths to Wealth Extremes
China, India: Two Paths to Wealth Extremes
0 of 32 min
47
Image of The Information Economy: Telegraph to Tech
The Information Economy: Telegraph to Tech
0 of 29 min
48
Image of Leverage with Globalization in Its Grip
Leverage with Globalization in Its Grip
0 of 34 min

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