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040042 UK Economic History (BA) (2015W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 02.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 09.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 16.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 23.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 30.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 06.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 13.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 20.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 27.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 04.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 11.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 18.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 08.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 15.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 22.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 29.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß

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Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will give students a broad overview of the world's economic history. The main topics that underlie the classes will be the effects of climate and geography on economic growth in the long-run, the Small Divergence between Europe and the rest of the world before c. 1750, the Columbian exchange, the economic effects of the Protestant Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the rise of a global economy in the late nineteenth century and the Great Depression.

Assessment and permitted materials

Your grade will be based on a midterm exam (40%), a final exam (40%), and class participation (20%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Main reference
Landes, D. 1998 The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor, New York: W. W. Norton

Detailed readings
Topic 1: Climate and geography
Landes, Chapters 1 and 2

Topic 2: The small divergence
Landes, Chapters 3 and 4
Voigtlander, Nico, and Hans-Joachim Voth. 2009. "Malthusian Dynamism and the Rise of Europe: Make War, Not Love." American Economic Review, 99(2): 248-54.

Topic 3: Columbian exchange
Landes, Chapters 5 and 6
Nunn, Nathan, and Nancy Qian. 2010. "The Columbian Exchange: A History of Disease, Food, and Ideas." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 24(2): 163-88.
Sokoloff, Kenneth L., and Stanley L. Engerman. 2000."Institutions, Factor Endowments, and Paths of Development in the New World." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 14(3): 217-232.

Topic 4: The economic effects of the Protestant Revolution
Becker, S. and Woessmann, L. 2009. "Was Weber Wrong? A Human Capital Theory of Protestant Economic History." The Quarterly Journal of Economics 124 (2): 531-596
Cantoni, D. "The Economic Effects of the Protestant Reformation: Testing the Weber Hypothesis in the German Lands." Forthcoming, Journal of the European Economic Association

Topic 5: The Industrial Revolution
Landes, Chapter 13
Galor, O. 2005. "From Stagnation to Growth: Unified Growth Theory" (read only sub-section 2 titled Historical Evidence) in Aghion, P. and Durlauf, S. (ed.) Handbook of Economic Growth, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 4, pages 178-219, Elsevier

Topic 6: A Global Economy and the Great Depression
Bordo M. and Finn K. 1995. "The Gold Standard As a Rule: An Essay in Exploration." Explorations in Economic History 32(4): 423-464

Romer, C. 1990. "The Great Crash and the Onset of the Great Depression." The Quarterly Journal of Economics 105(3): 597-624

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