Fri, November 21, 2008 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
In recent years economists have assessed the great depression in the last three decades of the nineteenth century as the 'first globalization boom' rather than as an era of depression. This work of scholarly revision does not fit well with the full documentary record of the time. Why is it that people thought they were depressed if in fact they were not? Or, who was depressed and who was not? What did depression mean for Britain and the British Empire? How does financial turbulence then compMark Metzler, an Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies, teaches the history of the other island empire, Japan. His book Lever of Empire: The International Gold Standard and the Crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan (2006) tells the story of Japan's adherence to the British gold standard and its culmination in the Great Depression of the 1930s. His work-in-progress is entitled The First Great Depression, 1873-1896: Globalization and Global Crisis.