Not available in 2013/14
Comparative Economic Development: Late Industrial

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr William Howlett PS1.01


This course is available on the BSc in Economic History, BSc in Economic History with Economics, BSc in Economics, BSc in Economics and Economic History, BSc in Economics with Economic History, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, BSc in International Relations and BSc in Management. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

The course surveys the economic development of Russia, India and Japan over the last 150 years. The emphasis is comparative and the focus on particular problems of industrialisation in the pre-World War I, interwar and post-1945 years. Dynamism and constraints in pre-industrial economies; state policy and industrial take-off; peasant agriculture, agricultural performance and industrialisation; traditional and modern manufacturing; capital, labour and entrepreneurship; effect of war and military expenditure; industrialisation strategies, planning and the role of the state; institutions and institutional reform; technological capability; impact of the international economy; quality of life issues.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 3 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to write four essays or equivalent pieces of written work during the year and will also be expected to give class papers.

Indicative reading

No one book covers the whole syllabus and a detailed reading list will be supplied; the following texts are valuable for parts of the course: G C Allen, A Short Economic History of Modern Japan (repr 1991); V N Balasubramanyan, The Economy of India (1984); N Charlesworth, British Rule and the Indian Economy, 1800-1914 (1978); R W Davies, Soviet Economic Development from Lenin to Krushchev (1998); P Francks, Japanese Economic Development (2nd edn, 1999); P Gatrell, The Tsarist Economy 1850-1917 (1986); P Gregory & R C Stuart, Soviet and Post-Soviet Economic Structure and Performance (1994); D Rothermund, Economic History of India (1988).


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Teachers' comment

This course was not taught last year.

Key facts

Department: Economic History

Total students 2012/13: 1

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

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