Private Wealth and Public Giving: A Modern History


Surveys the entangled relationship between private wealth and public giving over the past few centuries of capitalist modernity in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Explores how the entrepreneurial impulse to make money has also been shadowed by the ethical imperative to give it away. Analysis of the circumstances and contexts in which the apparent altruism of givers is also motivated by self-interest. The major topics include study of religious giving; the historical roots of philanthropy in the age of imperialism; the evolution of ideas of “Trusteeship” and “creative capitalism;" gender and philanthropy; and “celebrity” philanthropy. Instructor: Ramamswamy
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • CZ
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • ETHICS 123
  • ICS 123
  • PUBPOL 177
Typically Offered
Fall Only