Economic History Workshop | "The Sassoons: The Global Merchants and the Making of a Dynasty"

Event date: 
October 6, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Joseph Sassoon
Georgetown University
Seminar Series: 
Economic History Workshop
Co-Sponsored by: 
Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance | Program in Near Eastern Studies

"The Sassoons: The Global Merchants and the Making of a Dynasty"

Joseph Sassoon, Georgetown University

A spectacular generational saga of the making (and undoing) of a family dynasty: the riveting untold story of the gilded Jewish Bagdadi Sassoons, who built a vast empire through global finance and trade—cotton, opium, shipping, banking—that reached across three continents and ultimately changed the destinies of nations. 

JOSEPH SASSOON is Professor of History and Politics at Georgetown University. He is also a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and a Trustee of the Bodleian Library. His previous books include the prize-winning Saddam Hussein's Ba'th PartyThe Iraqi Refugees and The Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics.

Ruchi Chaudhary
Area of Interest: 
Economic History
Middle East and North Africa
19th Century
20th Century