Internationalization of Economic Growth
This information is for the 2012/13 session.
Dr Tim Leunig, CMK.C321 and Professor Stephen Broadberry, CMK.C320
Compulsory for BSc Economic History, BSc Economic History with Economics, BSc Economics and Economic History and BSc Economics with Economic History. Optional for BSc Environmental Policy, BSc Environment and Development, BA History, BSc International Relations and BSc International Relations and History. Available to all other students where their degree regulations permit including General Course Students. Available as an outside option.
The course examines the inter-relationships between the development of the international economy and the growth of national economies since the late nineteenth century. The course is designed to introduce students not only to a wide variety of topics and issues, but also to the wide variety of approaches used by historians. The course includes analyses of the original leading nation, Britain, and its replacement, the United States, we well as the catch-up of areas such as continental Europe, and the failure to catch-up of earlier well-placed areas such as Latin America. The effects of major events - such as wars and debt crises - are investigated, and we also consider the implications of changing global economic institutions, such as the Gold Standard and IMF, as well as the effects of sometimes rapid changes in product and process technology.
Lectures: There is one lecture course (EH101) with 22 lectures in the MT, LT and ST. The lectures are given by Professor Broadberry and Dr Leunig. A lecture programme will be circulated at the first meeting. This course uses Moodle to provides a web based location for your core LSE course materials.
The lectures are accompanied by weekly classes (EH101.A). Classes are given by several different teachers. They do not necessarily deal with the same topics each week but they all cover the same ground.
Students are expected to write four very short papers during the year and two longer essays.
The following are particularly useful: A G Kenwood & A L Lougheed, The Growth of the International Economy, 1820-2000 (2000); J Foreman-Peck, A History of the World Economy; R Floud & P Johnson (Eds), The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain, Vol 2 & Vol 3 (2004); T Kemp, The Climax of Capitalism. The US Economy in the 20th Century; P Johnson (Ed), Twentieth-Century Britain: Economic, Social and Cultural Change (1994); E Jones, L Frost & C White, Coming Full Circle. An Economic History of the Pacific Rim (1993); C H Feinstein, P Temin & G Toniolo, The European Economy between the Wars (1997); M S Schulze (Ed), Western Europe, Economic & Social Change; B Eichengreen, Globalizing Capital. A History of the International Monetary System; M S Blackford, The Rise of Modern Business in the USA, Britain and Japan; William Easterly, The Elusive Quest for Growth (2002). (A fuller reading list and class topics will be given out at the first meeting.)
A three-hour written examination in the ST.