CHESS hosts Robert Darnton this Friday (Whitney Humanities Center, 208 @ 12:30) for a conversation about his most recent project, A Literary Tour of France. The site captures the supply and demand of literature in France during the Enlightenment and on the eve of the French Revolution. The story told here is one not just of brilliant … More CHESS Chart: Do Books Cause Revolutions?
CHESS welcomes Sophia Rosenfeld to both the Yale History Department its steering Committee. Professor Rosenfeld is a scholar of the intellectual and cultural history of eighteenth-century Europe. She’s currently writing a book exploring how the idea of choice became a proxy for freedom in the modern world. For some her thoughts on the history of choice … More Sophia Rosenfeld on Choice
This Friday, Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard, will be discussing her paper “Career and Family: Collision or Confluence” with the Chess Workshop. Goldin shows how over the twentieth century women went from either having a family or job, to having a family and then job, to, following the introduction of the … More CHESS Chart: America Isn’t Working
Next week Alan Taylor visits CHESS to discuss his paper on the history of financial crisis. Taylor shows how credit booms often lead to both financial crises and to longer and deeper recessions than normal. This chart shows that financial crises were fairly common in the 19th and early twentieth centuries, happening about every 15 to 20 years, … More CHESS Chart: Why do Financial Crises Happen?
Welcome to the new CHESS blog. Yale’s Center for Historical Enquiry & the Social Sciences (CHESS) is dedicated to idea that solutions to seemingly intractable contemporary problems can be found placing them in historical perspective. Our new blog promises to make that goal a reality by making commentary and analysis from Yale’s outstanding faculty and … More Welcome to the new CHESS blog