Festival talks by Kwasi Kwarteng

2. WAR AND GOLD: A FIVE-HUNDRED-YEAR HISTORY OF EMPIRES, ADVENTURES AND DEBT

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In the sixteenth century, Spanish conquistadors discovered the New World. The vast quantities of gold and silver would make their country rich, yet the new wealth supported multiple wars, ultimately leading to the economic ruin of their empire. Kwasi Kwarteng will examine the role that money has played in the destabilisation of societies and will place the powerful relationship between war and gold at the centre of global history.

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