Join "The Marginal Revolutionaries" webinar HERE at 6pm on Mon, Apr 13
The Austrian School of Economics—a movement that has had a vast impact on economics, politics, and society, especially among the American right—is poorly understood by supporters and detractors alike. Defining themselves in opposition to the mainstream, economists such as Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, and Joseph Schumpeter built the School's international reputation with their work on business cycles and monetary theory. Their focus on individualism—and deep antipathy toward socialism—ultimately won them a devoted audience among the upper echelons of business and government. In this collective biography, Janek Wasserman brings these figures to life, showing that in order to make sense of the Austrians and their continued influence, one must understand the backdrop against which their philosophy was formed—notably, the collapse of the Austro‑Hungarian Empire and a half‑century of war and exile.
Janek Wasserman is Associate Professor of Modern German and Central European History at the University of Alabama. He was a recipient of the Richard Plaschka-Stipendium from the Österreichisches Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung in 2008-2009. He was a Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Fellow for 2014-2015 and a Fellow at Duke University’s Center for the History of Political Economy in 2017. His first book, Black Vienna: The Radical Right in the Red City, 1918-1938 appeared with Cornell University Press in 2014.
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Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies in conjunction with HIST 3419: History of Capitalism, cosponsored by the Department of History.