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Helena Rosenblatt: “The Banker Who Brought Down the Old Regime: The Political Economy of Jacques Necker (1732-1804)”
Jacques Necker was finance minister to the King of France, Louis XVI. Necker raised the loans that caused the debt crisis, and which, in turn, launched the French Revolution of 1789. Despite the fact that he was such an important figure, and an original thinker, his ideas have been relatively neglected until now. Necker’s life and work shed light on the origins, and nature, of French liberalism. Part of the Benson Center's 2021-22 "Capitalism and Ethics" lecture series.

Helena Rosenblatt is professor of history, political science and French at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Rousseau and Geneva. From the First Discourse to the Social Contract, 1749-1762 (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Liberal Values: Benjamin Constant and the Politics of Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and, most recently, The Lost History of Liberalism from Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, 2018).

**Please note this is a hybrid event**

In-person attendees: Go to the Eaton Humanities Building (1610 Pleasant St., Boulder, CO 80302), room 135. Please note that masks are currently required in public indoor spaces on the CU Boulder campus regardless of vaccination status.

Remote attendees: A link will be sent to you.

The event is free and open to the public. Also, this lecture will be recorded via Zoom and made available post-event at the Benson Center's YouTube channel.

Nov 30, 2021 06:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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