Category Archives: History

Fear the ignorance

Supposedly an answer to Fear the Boom and Bust which you can watch here as an antidote. This has been put up at the History of Economics discussion thread, but the look on the face of the student at the … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Economics and economy, History | 22 Comments

Economic sinners

I am in the middle of so many projects in which the modern version of economic theory is at the centre, that I find my thoughts overflowing into these blogs. A blog is not, however, supposed to be anything other … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Economics, History, Market Economy | 19 Comments

The lesson of history is that you often have to understand the lesson already before you can learn from it

As one of the veterans of the Viet Nam war/street-protestor division, I note that April 30th was the fortieth anniversary of the fall of Saigon. For me, the most memorable part of hearing the news was how despondent it made … Continue reading

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Churchill and the Gallipoli Campaign

This is Steve Hayward discussing the military and political issues that surrounded the lead-up to the attack at Gallipoli. Everyone may know this already, or may just be wrong, but it seems the wasted lives were in the execution and … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, History | 46 Comments

Guest Post: MuddyPuppy – The lead up to Gallipoli

As early as the 19th of December, 1906, the possibility of the Turkish Dardanelles being a target in the event of war was being treated with caution, particularly in regards to a purely naval expedition without the aid of substantial … Continue reading

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It’s 150 years today that the American Civil War came to an end

I guess it’s not yet the 9th April in the US so we get to commemorate this great moment before the Americans do. The odd thing for someone my age is that the Democrats were the party of slavery and … Continue reading

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All quiet on the Iranian front

There are other news stories, of course, but the virtually instant disappearance of the negotiations between Obama (not America) and Iran as worth even a mention is astonishing. The majority of the American media, who are as inane as they … Continue reading

Posted in History, International | 31 Comments

The epitaph of our civilisation?

This is a note I have sent to the Societies for the History of Economics in relation to the Harvard final year economics exam. It is based around a truly insightful comment by Roger. I have put the Harvard final … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Economics, History | 47 Comments

Keynes and Keynesian Economics in Light of the Financial Crisis

The economic societies of the United States meet over the first few days of the year, with the meeting this year in Boston. This is the full conference program which is gigantic. My interest is what is being said about … Continue reading

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Yet another eccentric English genius

Another film about an English eccentric, this one about a hundred years after William Turner. I must confess that I haven’t yet come across a single person I know who liked Mr. Turner. It seems to me there are an … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, History | 34 Comments