Not available in 2013/14
EU461      Half Unit
Economic History of Southeastern Europe and the Middle East, 1820-1970

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Osman Pamuk COW 2.08


This course is available on the MA Global Studies: A European Perspective, MSc in Economic History, MSc in Economic History (Research), MSc in European Studies: Ideas and Identities, MSc in European Studies: Ideas and Identities (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Global History, MSc in Political Economy of Europe and MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This course will offer a survey of the leading issues in the economic history of these two regions from the Industrial Revolution until 1970. It will begin with an evaluation of the long-term record of structural change and economic growth in the two regions from an international-comparative perspective. For the nineteenth century, the focus will be on the impact of the Industrial Revolution, the ensuing process of globalization and the responses to them in the two regions. The focus in the interwar era will be on the Great Depression and the local responses. Similarly, the emphasis in the post-World War II era will be on the industrialisation of the two regions. Amongst the themes to be emphasized for each period will be the state economic policies, the nature of the linkages with the world economy, institutional change, sources of growth and accumulation, relations between agriculture and the urban economy including industry and the distribution of income. Social change will be examined in connection with the economic.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 1 hour of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

A 1,500 word essay is required.

Indicative reading

Michael Palairet, The Balkan Economies, 1820-1914, Evolution without Development, 1997; Roger Owen, The Middle East in the World Economy, 1800-1914, 1981; John R. Lampe and Marvin R. Jackson, Balkan Economic History, 1550-1950: from imperial borderlands to developing nations, 1982; S. Pamuk, "Anatolia and Egypt during the Nineteenth Century: A Comparison of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment", New Perspectives on Turkey, 8, 1992, pp. 37-56; D. Quataert, "Women, Households and Textile Manufacturing, 1800-1914", 1991, reprinted in A. Hourani, P.S. Khoury and M.C. Wilson (eds.), The Modern Middle East, 1993, pp. 255-270; S. Pamuk, "Estimating Economic Growth in the Middle East, 1820-1913", The Journal of Economic History, Vol. 66, 2006, pp. 809-28; Ivan T. Berend, An Economic History of Twentieth-Century Europe, 2006; N.F.R. Crafts, "The Human Development Index and changes in standards of living: Some historical comparisons", European Review of Economic History, 1997, pp. 299-322.


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 1800 words) in the MT.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 18.9
Merit 67.6
Pass 10.8
Fail 2.7

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills