On the Origins of Inequality - Lecture by Jacob Soll
Prof. Jacob Soll (University of Southern California) held a public lecture titled "Aristocrats and Taxes: Some Thoughts on the Origins of Inequality" on December 1 in Basel. The event took place at 6.30 pm at the Kollegiengebäude. It was one of the two public lectures at the conference "Global Histories of Taxation and State Finances Since the Late 19th Century".
Prof. Soll's work as a historian focuses on the origins of modern politics and the modern state. His most recent book, "The Reckoning", is a history of accounting and explores the impact it has had on kingdoms, empires, and entire civilizations. In his lecture, Soll looked at the role of aristocracy and tax policies in explaining inequality.
Jacob Soll is Professor of History and Accounting at the University of Southern California. He earned a PhD from Cambridge University in 1998. In 2009, he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2011, he won a MacArthur "Genius" Award. His first book, "Publishing 'The Prince'" won the American Philosophical Society's 2005 Barzun Prize. Soll subsequently wrote "The Information Master" (2009) and "The Reckoning" (2014).
The lecture "Aristocrats and Taxes: Some Thoughts on the Origins of Inequality" took place on Thursday, December 1, at the Kollegiengebäude HS 120, Petersplatz 1 in Basel. It was part of the international symposium "Global Histories of Taxation and State Finances Since the Late 19th Century", the conference of the Laureate of the 2016 International Research Award in Global History.