In school I was never very interested in either history or economics, so I have no idea why I bought this course; however, it turned out to be one of the most interesting courses I have ever taken – Teaching Company or otherwise. If I could only pick one thing that I learned from this course to share, it would be that the US was in many ways a different country in the year 1900 than it was in 2000.
From the course description:
Each of 10 lectures focuses exclusively on one decade to achieve a clear understanding of economic developments and outside influences on the U.S. economy.
In some cases, you examine well-defined events like the creation of the Federal Reserve or the war in Vietnam. In other lectures, you explore larger societal shifts, such as the evolving role of women in the economy and changing consumption patterns.
“Of course, knowing what happened in economic history does not offer easy answers to today’s problems,” states Professor Taylor. “Times change; the past rarely offers a perfect template for the present.
“But knowing the history does help discussions about the present to get off on the right foot, free of at least some of the myths and ignorance that can so easily lead us astray. As always in the study of history, knowing where you came from helps us to learn who you are and where you are.”
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