Volker Berghahn discusses modern economics and history

The next National History Center-Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars weekly history seminar features Volker Berghahn, the Seth Low Professor History at Columbia University. Professor Berghahn spoke on “Modern Economics and the Nemesis of History” at the Wilson Center on Monday, March 15, 2010.

For more than a century the evolution of the Anglo-American economic “model” has involved major adaptations, especially in the deregulation of markets associated with the Reagan-Thatcher era. What brought about our present globalized system with its bewildering array of derivatives, our worries about financial firms too big to be allowed to fail, and our rediscovery of Keynesian ideas?

Professor Berghahn has written widely on modern German history, the American impact on European business and industry after World War II, and on debates between American and European social scientists about the future of industrial societies.

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