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Talk: Was There Corruption in Tudor-Stuart England? Reconceiving the Law and Official Misconduct

This paper at the IHR webinar investigates English legal sources related to official corruption from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. These sources reveal an alternative idea of corruption from the period that rested on very different conceptual foundations than a division between public and private.

Talk: How to Start an Early Modern Tax Haven: Smuggling, Fraud and Global Business

This talk through the Business History Collective will explore the role that tax havens played in the early modern global economy. Using the case study of the Isle of Man and its role in the slave trade, the paper will examine the emergence of these predecessors to the modern offshore economy.

Talk: How Milton Friedman Read his Adam Smith

Milton Friedman's argument that the only social responsibility of business is to pursue profits has famously influenced management thinking for the past decades. But do we really know why he made this claim? This paper at the Telfer School of Management discusses Friedman's historical development and provides a surprising explanation for his suspicion of social responsibility.

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I am currently a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Department of History where I teach about the history of capitalism and economic thought... read more

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