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John Maynard Keynes and the Way of the World

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Keynes is praised, or blamed, for aggressive government spending during crises, but his all-encompassing passion was saving the world from itself. He believed that Egalitarian Capitalism would create prosperity for all and protect nations from authoritarianism and war. We will explore his remarkable life (1885-1946) in Zachary D. Carter’s biography The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy and the Life of John Maynard Keynes (Random House 2020). Money was Keynes’ first lens on the world. In 1914, he bounced from Cambridge to London in a sidecar to save England’s wartime economy. He railed against the Treaty of Versailles, predicting it would devastate the German people and lead to authoritarianism. Culture and geography influenced Keynes’ worldview. The progressive Bloomsbury Group connected him to the Post Impressionistic world in Paris. His surprise marriage in 1925 to a Russian ballerina exposed him to the failures of Bolshevism. After his death at 62, his adversaries set out to suppress his ideas, but his influence continued to be felt in the U.S. from FDR through Galbraith down to Biden’s recent stimulus bill. Join us for Keynes in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Class Details

13 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Nancy McKeon2.Rosemary O'Shea3.Dan Burns 



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Schedule Information

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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/9/2021 - 12/9/2021 Weekly - Thu 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Dan Burns  ; Rosemary O'Shea  ; Nancy McKeon 
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