Mark BRAUDE: Making Monte Carlo. Speculation and Spectacle at the World’s First Casino-Resort

This talk discuss how highly mobile elites enjoying novel experiences with gambling and resort culture in Monte Carlo (founded in 1863), began to feel increasingly comfortable engaging in financial practices that were antithetical to their nominal home countries. By chronicling how Monte Carlo’s boosters consciously glamorized the act of rejecting the laws prohibiting gambling across most of nineteenth-century Europe, I will consider the historical links between casino-resort gambling in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and present-day “offshore” tax evasion.

IFS alum Mark Braude received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern California in 2013. Mark is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Spatial and Cultural Analysis (CESTA) His forthcoming book, Making Monte Carlo is due out from Simon & Schuster in 2015.

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