(Credit – worldpublicunion.org)
The close ties between science and imperialism were in fact just one part of a more complex relationship. The third crucial member of this relationship was capitalism, which financed both science and empire, and which led to an unprecedented growth in the world economy. How does a capitalist economy function? How is it different from traditional economies? Is capitalism natural, or is it really a kind of religion?
In this lesson Dr Harari examined the rise of the capitalist economy and explained how it was closely connected with both modern science and European empires.
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