Fraternal societies whose members provided each other with mutual aid reached a pinnacle of popularity in the 1920s. Membership declined in the 1930s due in part to cultural changes and New Deal welfare programs, which appear to have crowded out fraternal societies, eventually reducing many to obsolescence.
With regard to large-scale environmental problems, some argue that any policy response would fail to maximize welfare. They believe the best policy is no policy. Others claim policy responses can maximize welfare but must be constrained by liberal principles.
IHS concluded its “World History of Liberalism” online seminar series. This was the first of three COVID-era experimental programs designed to replicate the experience of a graduate seminar in the online space, using materials students were unlikely to encounter in their coursework.
Controversy over the appropriate relationship between government and religion in the United States likely predates the American founding. Adding fuel to those controversies are different ways of thinking about the meaning of religious liberty that converge on some points and diverge on others.
History has always been John Majewski’s passion. When he was just a boy, Majewski began collecting World War II and Civil War books. Today he is a scholar and professor of history at UC Santa Barbara whose research considers the political economy of the United States around the time of the Civil War.
The arrival of the new history of capitalism raises questions and challenges for scholars teaching and pursuing research in the subfield. How should the history of capitalism be taught? How should historians make sense of and navigate between divergent paradigms? What are the new frontiers of scholarship for graduate students looking to make a mark on this important and complex discourse?
Students learned about coal production in England but left skeptical of whether it mattered. They learned about wage rates after the Black Death and heard from Mokyr that none of it would have gone anywhere if not for innovations in technology and society.
Mental health is an immensely important topic, made all the more so in the COVID …
The Institute for Humane Studies and Liberty Fund convened a group of graduate students to discuss “Liberty and Civil Society” as part of a co-sponsored discussion colloquium. This weekend-long Advanced Topics in Liberty discussion was led by Professor John Hasnas, Georgetown University, a veteran IHS faculty member.
In the spring of 2021, a mixed audience of graduate students and faculty convened as part of the Institute for Humane Studies’ Advanced Topics series of discussion colloquia co-sponsored with Liberty Fund. In a Socratic discussion, these scholars tackled the topic of “Liberty and the Struggle for the Early Chinese State,” with historian Stephen Davies serving as the discussion leader.