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Academic Year 2005/2006
Sophomore Seminar: European Economic History
HIST 163 FA
This seminar course analyzes the processes of industrialization and international economic convergence from the mid 18th to the late 20th century. Its focus is on the role of technology in productivity growth
in three industrial revolutions in Europe. The impact of empire, revolution, war and economic disorder, the process or post-war reconstruction and liberalization, and the challenges faced by "mature" economies in a
economic system at the end of the 20th century will also be studied. While the course makes use of the latest literature from the new economic history, new institutionalism, and neoclassical growth theory, its approach
accessible, broad and comparative, drawing insights from many disciplines and considering the cultural, institutional and social determinants of industrial development and prosperity. A number of different countries
be discussed, but focus will be on Germany, Great Britain, France and Russia. China, Japan and the United States will also be analyzed in comparison. The objective of this seminar is to give the student a firm grounding
in the mode of analysis of economic and social history and an understanding of the processes that have shaped the modern European and world economy since the 18th century.
Francois Crouzet, A HISTORY OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2001).
David S. Landes, THE UNBOUND PROMETHEUS: TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN WESTERN EUROPE
FROM 1750 TO THE PRESENT (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1969).
Thomas K. McCraw, ed. CREATING MODERN CAPITALISM. HOW ENTREPRENEURS, COMPANIES, AND COUNTRIES TRIUMPHED IN THREE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTIONS (Cambridge, Mass and London: Harvard
University Press, 1997).
Joel Mokyr, THE
LEVER OF RICHES: TECHNOLOGICAL CREATIVITY AND ECONOMIC PROG RESS (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990).
Kenneth Pomeranz, THE GREAT DIVERGENCE: EUROPE, CHINA, AND THE MAKING OF THE WORLD ECONOMY
(Princeton: Princeton University Press,
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Your grade in this seminar will be calculated on the basis of four elements:
1.) 20% attendance, participation and quizzes
2.) 20% class presentation and written analytical summary
3.) 30% midterm
4.) 30% final
Attendance, participation, and periodic quizzes will make up 20% of your final grade. You are allowed two free absences; thereafter you begin to dip into this 20%. Once during the semester you will be asked
to introduce a text to be discuss e
d in class. This should take 10-15 minutes and be supported by a 750-word analytical summary that will be submitted to me on the day of your presentation. This presentation and summary will count 20% toward your final
grade. Both the midterm and final exa
m will take the form of a take-home essay question that must be completed in five to seven double-spaced, typescript pages. The midterm and final essays will each make up 30% of your final grade (60% together).
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