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General History

HIST 1501

Introductory Seminar in History

Global Financial Crisis 2008
Fall 2018

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?

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Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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