Greed & Desire: Hot Commodities in History
What makes a commodity so special? Who assigns its value? How could the world be held hostage by these often frivolous goods, temptingly dangling before us to buy, trade, exchange–and yes, perhaps even sometimes use.
Kingdoms and empires were built–and destroyed–by these fickle and elusive products. An enlightening and enthusiastic look at treachery, greed, power, tenacity and contrived luxury that exploited the world and whose benefits we still demand and whose fruits we still poignantly reap.
In this engaging 1-hour presentation, Lianne Harris will take a look at the top commodities in history and examine why they were coveted, what purpose they served, who was willing to pay the price for them–and who ended up suffering for it.