HISTORY 329 - Social Science Topics in History
Section: 002 How to Become a Billionaire
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
May be elected five times for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Built around the lives of the richest, most influential men in history, this course examines the role of the businessman in developing Western capitalism – from Marcus Crassus in Ancient Rome to Mark Zuckerberg in Modern America. What did “doing business” consist of? How did it change over time? Readings highlight banking, trading, retailing, manufacturing, investing and technology. What factors led to wealth and dominance, or insignificance? What was the influence of leading businessmen - both positive and negative – on economy, society, and state? Particular attention will be paid to individual ability, ambition, and leadership, as well as larger opportunities for, constraints on, and contours of entrepreneurship, innovation, and success. By blending business and biography and analyzing motives, strategies and impacts, the course examines the subject historically as a way of contextualizing and understanding current possibilities and challenges that shape a successful business career. Families and individuals studied include the de Medicis, the Fuggers, the Rothschilds, Josiah Wedgwood, John Jacob Astor, John Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Sam Walton, George Soros and Bill Gates.

Course Requirements:

Mid-term exam; final paper.

Intended Audience:

No prerequisites.

HISTORY 329 - Social Science Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 9780688003395
The House of Medici, its rise and fall, Author: Hibbert, Christopher, 1924-2008., Publisher: Harper Perennial 2003
ISBN: 1451688563
The richest man who ever lived : the life and times of Jacob Fugger, Author: Steinmetz, Greg.
ISBN: 0521474302
Citizens of the world: London merchants and the integration of the British Atlantic community, 1735-1785, Author: Hancock, David, Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2005
ISBN: 0307271552
The first tycoon, Author: Stiles, T. J., Publisher: Vintage Books 2013
ISBN: 9780751526677
Titan : the life of John D. Rockefeller, Author: Chernow, Ron., Publisher: Warner 1998
ISBN: 9780375501661
Morgan : a biography, Author: Strouse, Jean., Publisher: Random House 1999
ISBN: 9780375405853
Messianic billionaire : the life of George Soros, Author: Kaufman, Michael T., Publisher: Knopf 2002
ISBN: 9780451171610
Sam Walton : the inside story of America's richest man, Author: Vance H. Trimble., Publisher: Penguin 1991
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