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Angus Burgin

Angus Burgin

Assistant Professor

Gilman 338F
Monday, 2-3:45 p.m.
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  • My research and teaching explore problems at the intersection of ideas, politics, and markets in the United States and the Atlantic world since the late 19th century.  

    My recent book, The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression, draws on archival collections in Germany, Switzerland, France, England, and the United States to examine the reemergence of free-market ideas in the decades following the onset of the Great Depression. It focuses on the members of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international organization founded by Friedrich Hayek in 1947 to bring together economists, philosophers, journalists, and philanthropists who sought to rehabilitate public support for the market mechanism. In the years before the founding of the society, advocates of laissez-faire were marginalized within both the international scholarly community and the American political environment; a half-century later, opposition to state interference in the actions of the competitive market had become pervasive within economics faculties and increasingly influential in the public sphere. The Great Persuasion surveys the dynamics that made this transformation possible: between economists and politicians, intellectuals and rhetoricians, and transnational academic networks and domestic policy debates. In 2013 it was awarded the Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians and the Joseph Spengler Prize from the History of Economics Society, and was named a “Book of Exceptional Merit” by the Society for U.S. Intellectual History.  

  • Spring 2013: Making America: Politics and Society Since the Depression

    Fall 2012: American Conservatisms

    Fall 2012: History of Capitalism

    Spring 2012: American Social Thought Since 1865

    Spring 2012: American Intellectual History

    Spring 2011: The Intellectual History of Capitalism: 1900-Present

  • “Interchange: History of Capitalism.” Invited participant. Forthcoming in Journal of American History, September 2014.

    “Age of Certainty: Galbraith, Friedman, and the Public Life of Economic Ideas.” Forthcoming in History of Political Economy.

    “The Political Ambiguities of Neoclassical Economics.” Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, ed. Biddle and Emmett, v. 31a (Bingley, U.K.: Emerald, 2013), pp. 217–224.

    “Laissez-Faire.” Forthcoming in Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Wiley-Blackwell).

    The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression (Cambridge, Mass.:  Harvard University Press, 2012).  (Audiobook:  Gildan Media, 2013.) 

     “The Radical Conservatism of Frank H. Knight.”  Modern Intellectual History, vol. 6, no. 3 (November 2009), pp. 513–538.

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    The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression
    2012, Harvard University Press

    Role: author