From Barter to Bitcoin: A Short Economic History of the U.S., with John Cumbler
Wednesdays from 2 - 4pm at the Wellfleet Library
Class dates: April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22.
This course will look at the development of the American economy from the colonial period to the end of the 20th century. It will begin with the collapse of feudalism and the emergence of commercialism and how that ties into the white colonial expansion into North America. It will the provide a short overview of the development of commercial capitalism and then industrial capitalism. Along the way, we’ll try and familiarize ourselves with the basic ideas and concepts of classical economics from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes. The course will end with a discussion of the modern transnational economy, and its penetration into ever deeper layers of everyday life.
Fernard Braudel, Civilization and Capitalism: The Structure of Everyday Life, Vol I, Civilization and Capitalism: The Wheels of Commerce, Vol. I”
Robert Dalzell, Enterprising Elites
John Cumbler, A Social History of Economic Decline
John Kenneth Galbraith, The Great Crash 1929
Thomas Piketty, Capital