77975 - Economic History of Globalization

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  • Teacher Michele Alacevich

  • Credits 8

  • SSD SECS-P/12

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

SDGs

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

No poverty Reduced inequalities Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

Globalization is a complex and multipronged phenomenon. Economic globalization proper has fully unfolded during the last hundred and fifty years, yet globalizing episodes characterized earlier periods as well. This course will take a long view of the economic and political history of the world, and discuss how flows of commodities, people, and ideas have become increasingly globalized. The course will discuss how globalization affects national and international inequality, economic development and institutions, as well as the relationship between global and local dynamics, and between economic, political, and social phenomena. By the end of the course, students will be able to discuss the fundamental trends of the economic and political history of the world in the last millennium, and critically examine the historical scholarship on globalization.

Course contents

Globalization is a complex and multipronged phenomenon. Economic globalization proper has dramatically unfolded during the last hundred and fifty years, yet globalizing episodes characterized earlier periods as well. This course will take a long view of the economic and political history of the world, and discuss how flows of commodities, people, and ideas have become increasingly globalized.

We will discuss how globalization affects national and international inequality, economic development and institutions, as well as the relationship between global and local dynamics, and between economic, political, and social phenomena.

Learning aims

By the end of the course, you will have developed critical thinking skills and will be able to analyze and discuss the fundamental trends of globalizing and de-globalizing eras. You will also be able to critically examine the historical and economic scholarship on globalization.

Readings/Bibliography

Mandatory readings:

Jürgen Osterhammel and Niels P. Petersson (2005), Globalization. A Short History, Princeton: Princeton University Press

A. G. Hopkins, ed. (2002), Globalization in World History, New York: Norton

John Darwin (2008), After Tamerlane. The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000, London: Penguin

Michele Alacevich and Anna Soci (2017), A Short History of Inequality, Newcastle upon Tyne: Agenda Publishing

Branko Milanovic (2019), Capitalism, Alone, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

As this is an advanced class, you are expected to have a solid knowledge of modern and contemporary history. You might find the following texts useful:

C. A. Bayly (2004), The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914, London: Blackwell

C. A. Bayly (2018), Remaking the Modern World, 1900-2015, London: Blackwell

C. A. Bayly and Tim Harper (2008), Forgotten Wars, London: Penguin

Stephen Broadberry and Kevin O'Rourke, eds. (2010), The Cambridge History of Modern Europe (2 volumes), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Peter Dear (2019), Revolutionizing the Sciences, Princeton: Princeton University Press

Elhanan Helpman (2018), Globalization and Inequality, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

Tony Judt (2006), Postwar, London: Penguin

Ian Kershaw (2016), To Hell and Back, London: Penguin

Ian Kershaw (2019), Roller-Coaster, London: Penguin

David Kotz (2017), The Rise and Fall of Neoliberal Capitalism, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

Mark Mazower (1999), Dark Continent, London: Penguin

Or Rosenboim (2017), The emergence of Globalism, Princeton: Princeton University Press

J. C. Sharman (2019), Empires of the Weak, Princeton: Princeton University Press

Jeffrey G. Williamson, Trade and Poverty, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Teaching methods

Lectures and class discussion. Depending on the number of students attending the course, class presentations by students on specific topics may be organized, in agreement with the instructor.

Assessment methods

Grades will be assigned on the basis of a written exam (for students attending class) or an oral exam (for non-attending students). The exam will evaluate your ability to explain and discuss critically the facts and analytical questions examined during the class lectures and in the bibliographic references.

Office hours

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