Imperial Finance: A History of Empires

The History of Empires.

Marcus Aurelius said “Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.” This course offers in-depth case studies of how political chaos and uprisings impact investors, how empires are financed, the investment opportunities they create, and much more. 

Case Studies: Financial Innovations & Empires

Internationally renowned economic historian Niall Ferguson reveals how empires do not follow the typical rise-fall pattern that others suggest. He demonstrates that empires are often born out of financial innovation.

Learn How Political Chaos Impact Investors

Focusing on revolutions in Russia & China, Bloomberg Executive Editor Tracy Alloway explains how political chaos impacts investors. Tracy shows how even 100 year old Imperial bonds can still influence geopolitics today.

Jamie Catherwood

Also known as "The Finance History Guy", Jamie has a deep passion for studying the past.

He has been invited to provide historical context on BloombergTV, the Bloomberg Odd Lots Podcast, and as a guest lecturer at the Yale School of Management.

His Twitter account is a recommended follow by the Wall Street Journal for financial history, and 10,000+ subscribers receive his Investor Amnesia newsletter every week.


  Cycles of Empire or Paradigm Shifts - Niall Ferguson
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  Robber Barons, Piracy & Empires - Marc Andreessen
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  Bonds of Power - Tracy Alloway
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  The Financial Infrastructure of Empires - John Handel
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  Financing an Empire: Antiquity to America - Michael Green
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  Sovereign Debts: War, Repudiation & State Succession - Kim Oosterlinck
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  Weimar Hyperinflation: Who Wants to be a Trillionare? - Dr. Chris Dillon
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  Finance & The Crusades - Daniel Edwards
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Taught By Legendary Investors, Bestselling Authors & World Class Professors

Marc Andreessen

Founder, AndreessenHorowitz

Niall Ferguson

Renowned Historian & Author

Tracy Alloway

Executive Editor, Bloomberg

Michael Green

Chief Strategist, Simplify

Daniel Edwards

PHD, Financing the Crusades

Dr. Christopher Dillon

Professor, King's College London

Dr. John Handel

Post-Doc Fellow, University of Virginia

Kim Oosterlinck

Professor, Université libre de Bruxelles

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