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Season 2: Wealth and the Writing of History

Season 2, Episode 1: Discussing Wealth in the Corona Era

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15 May 2020   |   Martin Dusinberre offers an overview of season 2 of 15past15, a season which was planned and recorded in very different circumstances to those of the global Covid-19 crisis. What might the theme of wealth and the writing of history bring to our current understandings of a transformed world?

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Season 2, Episode 2: Why Wealth?

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15 May 2020   |   Simon Teuscher explores the thematic relevance of ‘wealth’ as a topic of study for historians, focusing in particular on some of the surprising continuities between wealth management in the medieval and modern worlds. Interviewed by Birgit Tremml-Werner and Martin Dusinberre; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 3: Dealing with Global Inequality

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15 May 2020   |  Corinna Unger offers a history of development over the twentieth century, considering the ways in which development assistance tries to address problems that emerged from colonialism and from wealth inequalities more generally. Interviewed by Martin Dusinberre and Birgit Tremml-Werner; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 4: Wealth and the Anthropocene

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15 May 2020   |   Jeremy Davies explains why an understanding of the Anthropocene should be central to an understanding of wealth inequalities in history—and why alternative terms, such as the Capitalocene, do not advance the debate. Interviewed by Martin Dusinberre and Birgit Tremml-Werner; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 5: Why Spain was not an Extractive Empire

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15 May 2020   |  Regina Grafe argues that historians fundamentally misunderstand the early modern Spanish empire when they suggest that it was characterised by the extraction and transfer of silver from Latin America to the European metropole. Interviewed by Birgit Tremml-Werner and Martin Dusinberre; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 6: How Luxury has Changed across Time

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15 May 2020   |   Giorgio Riello examines how the early modern cotton industry offers an entry point into debates over the ‘great divergence’ in wealth between Europe and Asia, including the need for scholars to rethink meanings of ‘luxury’ in global history. Interviewed by Birgit Tremml-Werner and Martin Dusinberre; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 7: Investing in New Amsterdam

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15 May 2020   |   Eva Brugger reconstructs the importance of the beaver fur trade to the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Amsterdam as a case study for how early modern empires projected a vision of future wealth for potential settlers and investors. Interviewed by Birgit Tremml-Werner and Martin Dusinberre; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 8: Trickle-down Health

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15 May 2020   |   Iris Borowy presciently argues that health is the key prerequisite for global wealth creation—although, paradoxically, historical data show that during periods of economic expansion, people’s health tends to suffer. Interviewed by Martin Dusinberre and Birgit Tremml-Werner; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 9: Brazil's Black Gold

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15 May 2020   |   Antoine Acker examines the transformation of Brazilian society, and of debates about national wealth and Brazil’s place in the industrialized world, following the discovery of oil in the 1930s. Interviewed by Martin Dusinberre and Birgit Tremml-Werner; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 10: A Tale of Tuna

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15 May 2020   |   Nadin Hée takes the example of tuna fishing as a departure point both for considering Japan’s engagement with transpacific markets and also as a way for understanding the significance of the ‘pelagic’ empire for the wider history of resource extraction. Interviewed by Birgit Tremml-Werner and Martin Dusinberre; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 11: Thinking with Medieval Markets

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15 May 2020   |  Joel Kaye shows how medieval scholars engaged with the so-called 'commercial revolution' of Europe's late Middle Ages in order to conceptualize the 'market' in new ways and thereby develop a new model of equilibrium in economics, politics and science. Interviewed by Martin Dusinberre and Birgit Tremml-Werner; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 12: Wealth in the Sharia Courts

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15 May 2020   |   Beshara Doumani explains what strategies had to be considered in planning for property devolution after death through the waqf in seventeenth- to nineteenth-century Ottoman Syria—and the wider significance of this story for understanding the role of the family in Middle Eastern history. Interviewed by Birgit Tremml-Werner and Martin Dusinberre; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 13: To Save or not to Save

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15 May 2020   |   Sheldon Garon discusses how the habit of saving had to be learned in late-nineteenth century Japan as elsewhere in the world, thus debunking a wider narrative of Asian ‘culture’ being central to an individual’s relationship to money. Interviewed by Martin Dusinberre; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 14: Don't Leave the Past to the Economists

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15 May 2020   |   Mary O’Sullivan examines the contestations that go into ‘learning from the past’—in particular, from the Great Depression—and highlights the need for economists and historians to deconstruct the notion of ‘lessons’ from that past. Interviewed by Martin Dusinberre and Simon Teuscher; produced by Dario Willi.

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Season 2, Episode 15: Wealth in a post-Corona World

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This episode will be released later in 2020.