Economic history LM (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Cinzia Lorandini
Cinzia Lorandini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem 1 - sede TN dal Sep 14, 2020 al Dec 18, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Acquisition of a key historical interpretation of economic phenomena, which allows to grasp their complexity, as well as the interrelation between economic facts and those of an institutional and political nature, beyond purely theoretical interpretations.


Main topics:
1. What is Economics? What is Economic History? Some basic concepts.
2. Before development: structural features and dynamic forces in the European preindustrial economies.
3. The start of global divergencies: Europe, Asia and the Great Divergence.
4. Intra-European divergencies: the Little Divergence.
5. Modern economic development starts: the First industrial revolution and Britain's leadership.
6. The spread of industrialization within and outside of Europe: the Second industrial revolution and the substitute factors.
7. The international dimension of economic relations: the First globalization.
8. The collapse of the world economy: the Great Depression of the 1930s.
9. The Golden Age of the European economy (1950-1973).
10. Instability, crisis and global dynamics in the last half century.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Franco Amatori, Andrea Colli Il mondo globale. Una storia economica (Edizione 1) Giappichelli 2017 9788892107595

Assessment methods and criteria

Attending students:

* Written exam (50%) consisting of three types of open questions:
- 5 short questions (2 points each) aimed at assessing basic notions;
- 2 questions (5 points each) aimed at assessing the ability to explain causes, manifestations and/or consequences of a particular economic event;
- 1 question (10 points) aimed at assessing the ability to discuss a broader topic.

* Presentation of a report on a specific topic (50%) aimed at evaluating both the ability to analyse critically the literature and the formal aspects.

* Optional oral exam (+/- 10% of the grade).

Non-attending students: written exam according to the above-mentioned criteria(100%), and mandatory oral exam on an extended program.