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Brad DeLong Modern great books: David S. Landes’s “The Unbound Prometheus” and nineteen others…

The most important economic historian ever to teach at U.C. Berkeley died last month: my old teacher David S. Landes taught at Berkeley starting in 1958 until Harvard lured him away until 1964.

From a student’s perspective, he was ideal: he knew more than you did, was eager to share, could … More >

Brad DeLong Today’s American political dysfunction

Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute have a very nice op-ed this morning about America’s political dysfunction.

I, however, found it sad: their fantasy is for pressure to work in America’s interest to be directed toward Speaker of the House Boehner and Senate … More >

Rosemary Joyce A 165 year-long struggle for women’s rights continues

On July 19, 1848, the Seneca Falls Conference launched a challenge to US society: extend the revolution to encompass women, not just men.

The point was made in a provocative text, the “Declaration of Sentiments” drafted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Rhetorically, by using the Declaration of Independence as a model, the … More >

David Zilberman Guns, germs, and steel…and economics

“Classic” books are few and far between but Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond is one of these rare classic books written during our lifetime. It aims to answer the question why the people of Eurasia fared better than people in other regions.

The explanation takes the reader through human … More >

Rosemary Joyce Jupiter Hammon should be a household name

But my guess is, many readers didn’t know his name a week ago– and some still don’t.

So let’s correct that. According to the Lloyd Harbor Historical Society, Jupiter Hammon was “America’s First Colonial Afro-American Published Poet”. Hammon was born and died in slavery, living from 1711 to after the American … More >

Carola Binder Overheating and the Fed

Governor Jeremy Stein of the St. Louis Federal Reserve gave a speech on February 7 called “Overheating in Credit Markets: Origins, Measurement, and Policy Responses.” Overheating is a term he uses to describe a credit market with low interest rates, lax lending standards, and high risk-taking by investors “reaching for yield.” The … More >

Rosemary Joyce Lets party like it’s Baktun 13 (or the end of the world)

Take your pick.

We can all join what the New York Times assures us is a general panic sweeping across Russia (Russia? Really?).

Or we can enjoy the dry humor of Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who announced in a widely reproduced comedic video that the end of the world is coming … More >

Rosemary Joyce Why would anyone claim UC doesn’t teach American history?

Back at the beginning of April, when Rick Santorum was still a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, he made a shocking claim about teaching in the University of California system:

“seven or eight of the California system of universities don’t even teach an American history course,” Santorum said. “It’s not … More >

Claude Fischer Reconstructing memory

The Berkeley campus has an eatery with an interesting name and story: “The Free Speech Movement Café.” At the 2000 dedication of the café, then-Chancellor Robert Behrdahl lauded the tumultuous student movement of 1964 for having brought adult rights to college students, including the right of  free expression, and for … More >

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