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Money and Power: The Bank of England and London in the 18th Century

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

In the final History of Capitalism lecture, Anne Murphy, Reader in History and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, told the story of the origins and workings of The Bank of England and its intricate relationship with the unique ecosystem of the City of London.


Prosperity: An Aristotelian Legacy

Monday, 19 September 2016

In this essay, Legatum Institute Senior Adviser Hywel Williams reflects on the Aristotelian roots of the conception of prosperity and its link with human flourishing. The essay also explores the conceptual structures of Aristotelian thought on eudaimonia and teases out the unique differences between prevailing notions of prosperity and Aristotle’s contribution to our understanding of human flourishing.


Brexit: What the Law Says

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

In conversation with Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute, legal scholars Geoffrey Robertson and Catherine Barnard, and political scientist Alan Renwick clarified what the law says about the UK’s future path following the outcome of the EU Referendum.


Britain and Europe: Culture, Country or Continent?

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Legatum Institute's 'Roads to Freedom' Series hosted a panel discussion ahead of the UK’s forthcoming EU Referendum that offered a fresh perspective through analysing Britain's relationship with continental Europe in the context of a thousand years of history.


Hong Kong and the Context of Laissez-Faire: Myths and Truths about a 'Free Market Paradise'

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Catherine Schenk, Professor of International Economic History at the University of Glasgow, told the story of Hong Kong’s transformation into an international financial centre and challenged some of the common perceptions around Hong Kong as a paradigm of Laissez-Faire Capitalism at work.


Think the Unthinkable

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Julia Peyton-Jones, Director of the Serpentine Gallery for 25 years, discussed her experiences at the helm of one of the most successful public contemporary galleries in the world, in particular with the ground-breaking Pavilions project. She has always insisted on thinking the unthinkable; “one of the things about running an institution that is incredibly small is that you have to be very creative about how you use it,” she said.


Putting Beauty into the Politics of Prosperity

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Legatum Institute hosted a discussion with Fiona Reynolds, to launch her new book, 'The Fight for Beauty', which makes the case for beauty as a very real, human need rather than an idealistic or elitist aesthetic. She was joined by Oliver Letwin, MP for West Dorset and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.


A World Transformed: Studies in the History of Capitalism

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Legatum Institute's 'History of Capitalism' series has published a collection of essays based on the second year of the course.


Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital, Enriched the World

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

What makes us better off? Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of History, Economics, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, delivered a lecture that argued ideas, rather than capital, play a crucial role.


The Urban Escalator

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Why are some cities surrounded by slums and riddled with crime, while others are affluent, ordered and desirable places to live? In a new paper for the Legatum Institute, urban consultant James Fischelis looks at why certain cities have met the urban influx with great success, whereas others continue on a downward spiral.


Heritage as a National Asset

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England, delivered a lecture explaining why we should rethink the management of our heritage, and approach it as we would any long-term asset.


How Churchill Learnt to Love the Free Market

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Andrew Roberts, historian, author and presenter, gave an insightful commentary on the development of Churchill’s support of the free market, one of the less-studied facets of his well-documented career.


Can Architecture be (Im)Moral?

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

As part of the Legatum Institute's Architecture of Prosperity series, architect Charlotte Skene Catling shared her thoughts on why entrepreneurial architects matter in policy and how they can contribute to lasting prosperity as we grow our cities.


The Age of Plunder: How We Traded Africa

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

As part of the Legatum Institute's History of Capitalism series, Bronwen Everill, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Kings College London, gave a lecture on the Royal African Company and Atlantic commercial enterprise in the 18th century.


An Introduction to the History of Capitalism 600-1900 AD

Thursday, 23 April 2015

A collection of essays based on the first year of the Legatum Institute's 'History of Capitalism' course.


Capitalism Question Time

Thursday, 23 April 2015

In conversation with Hywel Williams, and an invited audience, Victoria Bateman, Benedikt Koehler and Nicholas Crafts, the illustrious historians who contributed to the 2014 History of Capitalism series, retraced and further investigated various questions on the evolution of capitalism—past, present and future.


How To Be Dutch, the Modern Way

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

The latest History of Capitalism event hosted Maarten Prak, Chair of Economic and Social History at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), for a lecture on why the Dutch Republic flourished in the 17th century.


Is the Modern State Killing Scientific Creativity?

Thursday, 19 March 2015

As part of its Roads to Freedom series, the Legatum Institute convened a seminar on 'Venture Research'. Topics for debate included whether the state is encouraging—or stunting—creative science research and how scientists might source funds to pursue their endeavours.


Global Trade: The Beginnings

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

In the latest History of Capitalism lecture, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, discussed the role of merchants from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and the ways in which they fostered the roots of global trade.


Rome’s Economic Revolution

Thursday, 15 January 2015

In the first History of Capitalism lecture of 2015, Philip Kay, Supernumerary at Wolfson College (Oxford) and Head of Asia at City Financial, detailed the economic developments of Republican Rome between the war against Hannibal (218 to 201 BC) and Julius Caesar’s dictatorship in the middle of the first century BC.


Industrialisation: Why Britain Got There First

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

In the final 2014 lecture in the History of Capitalism series, the Legatum Institute hosted Nicholas Crafts, Professor of Economics and Economic History and the Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick, who explored the question of why Britain was the first country in the world to experience the transition to an industrialised economy.


Building for the Future?

Monday, 24 November 2014

The Legatum Institute held its latest Architecture of Prosperity lecture, with Jonathan Meades, writer, journalist, and film-maker, to debate the concept of architectural legacy.


Magna Carta—800 Years On

Thursday, 20 November 2014

In anticipation of 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Legatum Institute hosted a half-day seminar on the international history and present day realities of constitutions and constitution building. Those present at the roundtable included constitutional, legal and history experts, policy-makers, business leaders and those involved with Magna Carta legacy projects.


The Future of the Union

Monday, 10 November 2014

In the wake of the Scottish referendum and as the Smith Commission prepares its recommendations for further devolution in Scotland, the Legatum Institute convened a livestreamed conference on the future of the United Kingdom’s constitutional arrangements.


What is Suburbia?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, joined architects, urban planners and sociologists to explore the suburbs as part of the Legatum Institute’s 'Architecture of Prosperity' series. ‘London and the Evolution of Suburbia’ examined the past, present and future of suburbia, and its role in effective urbanisation and regeneration policies.


What if Nike Controlled Brazil?

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Imagine a corporation growing unchecked, and morphing into the most powerful commercial operation in the world, holding even governments to ransom. Professor Huw Bowen, pre-eminent scholar of the East India Company, explained how this hypothetical scenario became reality in 18th and 19th century England.


The Changing Axis of Economic Power in the Early Modern Period (1550-1750)

Thursday, 5 June 2014

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'History of Capitalism' series, Victoria Bateman, Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, delivered a lecture exploring the ‘rise of the West’ in the period 1550-1750.


A Global Transition: From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic

Thursday, 15 May 2014

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'History of Capitalism' series, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, delivered a lecture exploring how European trade, and distinctive business practices, spread westwards along the coasts of the Mediterranean, both Christian and Islamic, to become a global phenomenon.


The Nationalisation of Language

Thursday, 8 May 2014

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Roads to Freedom' series, author and columnist Simon Heffer delivered a lecture on 'The Nationalisation of Language', arguing that the expansion of state control in the years after 1945 also witnessed an insidious subversion of English usage.


Prosperity, Community and Identity: The Built Environment and Creative Capacity

Thursday, 24 April 2014

To inaugurate its 'Architecture of Prosperity' series, the Legatum Institute convened a seminar on Prosperity, Community and Identity: the built environment and creative capacity, which brought together a range of experts and practitioners from the worlds of architecture, planning, politics, academia and mental health. UK Minister for Planning, Nick Boles, served as guest speaker.


Portraiture and the Patron

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Legatum Institute hosted Philip Mould OBE, leading British art dealer and art historian, for a closed discussion on how wealthy patrons have influenced, shaped and inspired great paintings over the centuries.


Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism

Thursday, 20 February 2014

As part of a new three-year 'History of Capitalism' course, historian and former banker Benedikt Koehler, delivered an inaugural lecture based on his forthcoming book, Early Islam and the Origins of Capitalism.


The Deadly Simplicities of Adolf von Harnack - Liberal Theology in Germany on the Eve of the Great War

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

As part of the Legatum Institute's current Salon Series, 'Prosperity on the Edge: 1913-14 The Last Year of Peace', former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams delivered a lecture on historian Adolf von Harnack's influence at the time, as well as the way in which post-war thought was shaped by the reaction against his kind of liberal religion.


The Next Big Thing: A Historical Approach to Thinking About the Future

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Legatum Institute, Harvard Business Review and USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study hosted an intensive half-day conference on how different disciplines think about the future.


Prosperity on the Edge: A Mayfair Salon Evening in 1913

Friday, 15 November 2013

An evening of readings, music and commentary to recreate a salon evening in Mayfair as autumn moved towards winter in the year 1913. Hosted as part of the Legatum Institute's current Salon Series.


Prosperity On The Edge: A Century of Chanel

Thursday, 17 October 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's latest Salon Series 'Prosperity on the Edge: 1913-14 The Last Year of Peace', Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief at 'Harper's Bazaar UK', discussed how designer Coco Chanel's entrepreneurial rise to fame in 1913 created an explosive impact that continues to reverberate today.


Prosperity On The Edge: Sir Edward Grey and the Crisis of July 1914

Thursday, 26 September 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's latest Salon Series 'Prosperity on the Edge: 1913-14 The Last Year of Peace' King's College London Professor Vernon Bogdanor examined the role and contribution of the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, in the last months of peace.


The Art of Peace and War 1953-2013

Thursday, 20 June 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series, Lieutenant-General Simon Mayall, Senior Adviser Middle East, Ministry of Defence, discussed the intellectual and cultural context of military strategy and warfare.


Women On Stage: Theatre, Liberty, and Prosperity

Thursday, 23 May 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series, Dame Harriet Walter, one of Britain's leading actors, discussed the interpretation of female roles and what it tells us about social progress and prosperity.


Politics, Culture, and the Entrepreneurial Idea

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Young professionals explore the vital connection between culture and politics and its impact in shaping prosperous societies.


The Changing Face of Royal Portraiture

Thursday, 14 March 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series of lectures, the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, will discuss the different ways in which Her Majesty the Queen has been viewed by artists in the course of her reign and how these portrayals record a constant evolution in the Sovereign's relationship to her subjects.


The Rise of American English: Culture, Creativity, Language and Power

Sunday, 13 January 2013

As part of the Legatum Institute's Salon Series, author and editor of 'Humanities' magazine, David Skinner, discussed his book 'The Story of Ain’t', which looks at the spread of American English in cultural history. 


Poetic Enterprise and the Flourishing Society

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Is the relationship between the poetic imagination and the world of public events likely to be unusually vital when society as a whole is flourishing, enterprising and creative? An evening of readings and discussion.


Is There a Distinctively Conservative Green Agenda?

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker discusses the possible future evolution of environmental policies in an age of economic austerity.


Summer School Class of 2012 Announced

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Finalists were selected from hundreds of global applicants based on professional accomplishments and a commitment to exploring cross-disciplinary solutions to current global challenges.


How Does Flourishing In The Arts Relate To Vibrant Societies?

Thursday, 7 June 2012

The latest event in the Legatum Institute Salon Series explored what factors contribute to "Renaissance' and whether we can ever know that we are part of one.