Maison Francaise: Jacob Soll on FREE MARKET

Event date: 
09/12/2022 - 6:00pm

Please join our friends at the Maison Française and the Department of History at Columbia University on Monday, September 12th at 6pm for an event to celebrate the release of Free Market: the History of an Idea by Jacob Soll. He will be in conversation with Pierre Force, John Shovlin, Carl Wennerlind, and Emmanuelle Saada



After two government bailouts of the U.S. economy in less than twenty years, free market ideology is due for serious reappraisal. In Free Market: the History of an Idea, Jacob Soll details how we got to this current crisis, and how we can find our way out by looking to earlier iterations of free market thought. Contrary to popular narratives, early market theorists believed that states had an important role in building and maintaining free markets. But in the eighteenth century, thinkers insisted on free markets without state intervention, leading to a tradition of ideological brittleness. That tradition only calcified in the centuries that followed. Tracing the intellectual evolution of the free market from Cicero to Milton Friedman, Soll argues that we need to go back to the origins of free market ideology in order to truly understand it—and to develop new economic concepts to face today’s challenges.

Jacob Soll is professor of history and accounting at the University of Southern California. He has been awarded numerous prestigious prizes including two NEH Fellowships, the Jacques Barzun Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and, in 2011, the MacArthur Fellowship. He also advises political and financial leaders across the globe to promote accounting standards and financial transparency.

Joining Jacob Soll to discuss his book will be: Pierre Force, Professor of French and History at Columbia; John Shovlin, Professor of History at NYU; and Carl Wennerlind, Professor of History at Barnard College. Emmanuelle Saada, Professor of History and French at Columbia, will moderate the discussion.

This event is co-sponsored by the Maison Française and the Department of History.

Event address: 
Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall
515 West 116th Sreet
New York, NY 10027
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ISBN: 9780465049707
Availability: On hand at one or more locations, see product page for details
Published: Basic Books - September 6th, 2022