Introductory Seminar in History
The global financial crisis exploded in September 2008, and ten years later the world is still digging itself out of the crater left behind. In this seminar, we’ll take two parallel approaches to understanding this epochal event. First, as contemporary historians, we’ll try to piece together the crisis’s causes and effects. Second, we’ll try to recreate the experience of crisis itself. Week by week, what was it like to live through the anxiety, fear, and instability in the fall of 2008—when it seemed possible that the whole system of global capitalism might come crashing down?