Slouching Towards Utopia

Hosted by the Department of Economic History and the Economic History Advisory Board (EHAB)

Online public event, United Kingdom


J. Bradford DeLong

J. Bradford DeLong

Professor of Economics, University of Californa, Berkeley


Patrick Wallis

Patrick Wallis

Professor of Economic History at LSE

DeLong's new book tells the story of the major economic and technological shifts of the twentieth century in a bold and ambitious grand narrative.  The book charts the unprecedented explosion of material wealth after 1870 which transformed living standards around the world, freeing humanity from centuries of poverty but, paradoxically, has left us with unprecedented inequality, global warming, and widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo.

How did the long twentieth century fail to deliver the utopia our ancestors believed would be the inevitable result of such material wellbeing?  And what can we learn from the past in pursuit of a better world?

J. Bradford DeLong, an economic historian, is a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury during the Clinton administration. He writes a widely read economics blog, now at He lives in Berkeley, California.  

Patrick Wallis is Professor of Economic History at LSE. His research explores the economic, social and medical history of Britain from the 16th to 18th century

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Slouching Towards Utopia is published by Basic Books: Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century, and for a limited time, you can order a copy for the special price of £18 (+UK postage of £3.10).  

Please contact Hachette Distribution with the Discount Code: STU22, ISBN: 9781399803410, and delivery address to order with or ph 01235 759555 Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm GMT

Start Date: 14/09/2022
Expiry Date: 31/12/2022

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