Money, Numbers, and Power: Reading Group and Speaker Series, January 29 – April 22, 2016

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The Money, Numbers, and Power Series features alternating biweekly reading groups and practitioner seminars on the topic of economic history.  The series provides workshop support and resources for historians seeking to improve their fluency with economic, quantitative, and financial concepts.

Money, Numbers, and Power Series

Spring 2016

Organizers: Nicholas Mulder and Madeline Woker

Sponsors: History in Action (HIA) program at Columbia University’s History Department and the Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) of the Institute for New Economic Thinking

The series starts January 29 and ends April 22 (12 weeks, excluding one week of spring break without a seminar) and consists of two interlocking parts.

• Biweekly reading group (6 in total) every other Friday for students, in the afternoon 1.30-3.30pm (Coffee and cookies will be served) (Fayerweather 513)

• Biweekly speakers’ seminar (6 in total) every other Friday, in the late afternoon 4.30-6.30pm (refreshments and snacks during seminar) (Fayerweather 411)

Invited speakers will contribute to the assigned readings so that the reading group will prepare all students involved for the discussion in the subsequent week.


I. February 5th: Taxation and the State

II. February 19th: US Hegemony and the World Economy

III. March 4th: Calculation and Power in Historical Perspective

IV. March 25th: States and Financial Markets

V. April 8th: The Mechanics of Economic Globalization in Historical Perspective

VI. April 22nd: The State of Economic History Today: How Can Economists and Historians Engage with Each Other Most Productively?

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