Undergraduate Course: Economic History 2.1: The Global Economy Part 1 (ECSH08040)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores the rise of the global economy between 1500 and 1914. Ultimately it seeks to understand the processes of economic development and why some economies grow more quickly than others and how connections within the world economy have stimulated or retarded growth over the last millennium.
The course examines Western Europe's economic development between the 'Discoveries' of the late fifteenth century and the Industrial Revolution and places it in a long-run global perspective. In 1500, Europe did not look very different from a number of other parts of the world in terms of productive capacity and living standards but, by 1800, Western Europe was starting to forge ahead on both counts. The central aim is to explain the sources of Europe's economic dynamism and why the incentive structures changed in ways favourable to growth to produce the 'Great Divergence'. The semester's work concludes with a discussion of how Europe developed during the eras of global expansion to 1914.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in any first level course achieved no later than August of the previous academic year
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge of the subject considered in the course.
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them.
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time.
- Demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required.
- Demonstrate an ability to organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
|S. Broadberry and K.H. O'Rourke (eds.), The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe, Volume 1: 1700-1870 (2010).|
R. Findlay & K. H. O'Rourke, Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium (2007).
P. Parthasarathi, Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia did Not. Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850 (2011).
K.G. Persson, An Economic History of Europe: Knowledge, Institutions and Growth, 600 to the Present (2010).
K. Pomeranz, The Great Divergence. China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern Economy (2001).
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||Tutorial will be time-tabled at the start of the session. Tutorials must attend one tutorial per week.
|Keywords||Econ Hist 2-1
|Course organiser||Prof Nuala Zahedieh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3836