EH101GC      Half Unit
The Internationalisation of Economic Growth, 1870 to the present day (Spring Semester)

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Eric Schneider SAR.5.18 and Prof Christopher Minns SAR.5.12


This course is available to General Course ‘Spring Semester’ students.

Course content

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 general course spring semester focusses on the second half of the twentieth century. The course begins with a general overview of the causes of economic growth in history. It then analyses the causes of the relative success and failure of countries in various parts of the world in the post-war period including Europe, Latin America, the Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, China and Africa. The course concludes with two thematic topics, deindustrialisation and inequality, which consider the consequences of economic growth in the post-war period.


This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 20 hours across Lent Term. This year, some or all of this teaching may be delivered through a combination of virtual classes and flipped-lectures delivered as short online videos.

This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of  LT.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to write two long essays during the term.

Indicative reading

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: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Economic History

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills