The Internationalisation of Economic Growth, 1870 to the present day
This information is for the 2019/20 session.
Dr Eric Schneider SAR.5.18, Prof Christopher Minns SAR.5.12 and Dr Timothy Leunig
This course is compulsory on the BSc in Economic History, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Economic History with Economics, BSc in Economics and Economic History and BSc in Economics with Economic History. This course is available on the BA in History, BSc in Actuarial Science, BSc in International Relations, BSc in Politics and BSc in Politics and International Relations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
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, as 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.
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 1 hour of classes in the ST.
Lectures are held each week with 21 lectures across MT, LT and ST. A lecture programme and list of topics will be circulated at the first meeting. The lectures are accompanied by weekly classes that develop the material from the lecture in the week before.
There is a reading week in Week 6 of MT and LT.
Students are expected to write an annotated bibliography, three very short essays and two longer essays during the year.
The following are particularly useful:
R C Allen, Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction (2011).
R Floud, J Humphries & P Johnson (Eds), The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain, Vol 2 (2014).
B Eichengreen, Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System (2008).
K H O’Rourke and J G Williamson, Globalization and History: The Evolution of a Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Economy (1999).
E Jones, L Frost & C White, Coming Full Circle. An Economic History of the Pacific Rim (1993).
M S Blackford, The Rise of Modern Business in the USA, Britain and Japan.
(A complete reading list and class topics will be given out at the first meeting.)
Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.
Department: Economic History
Total students 2018/19: 202
Average class size 2018/19: 13
Capped 2018/19: No
Value: One Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Specialist skills