00995 - Economic History

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

Quality education Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide students with adequate knowledge of the main factors and stages of European and Italian economic development The course is divided in two sections: the first part outlines the key transformations of the European economy in a global perspective from the Middle Ages to the XXI century. The second part is devoted to the evolution of the Italian economy from the unification of the country to the present. At the end of the course the student is able to: -to grasp the complexity of historical processes, -to understand concepts, principles and issues drawn from the social and economic sciences, -to appreciate the constant interplay of economic systems, institutions, social and cultural dimensions.

Course contents

A) Institutions and economic development in European history

1. The historical background of the modern European economy

2. Market and technological innovations in the English industrial revolution

3. National paths to industrialization

4. The managerial revolution from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries

5. State regulated economies of the 20th century

6. From post-war reconstruction to the global economy

B) Institutions and economic development in modern Italy

7. The role of "substitute" factors in the Italian economic development

8. The characters of Italian industrialization and the issue of regional disequilibrium

9. State planning during the interwar period

10. Institutions and economic development in Republican Italy


Course slides posted on:


R. Cameron & L. Neal, A Concise Economic History of the World, Oxford University Press, 2002.

F. Amatori & A. Colli (Eds), The Global Economy. A Concise History, Giappichelli-Routledge, 2019.

Other readings in English may be agreed upon with the instructor.

Teaching methods

Lectures with slides and audiovisual materials

Assessment methods

Written exam based on multiple choice and essay format questions on the EOL platform.

Grades willbe awarded in the following fashion:

<18 failed
18-23 sufficient
24-27 good
28-30 very good
30 e lode excellent

N.B. Changes to the exam format due to changes in Covid-19 emergency guidelines will be announced in a timely fashion

Teaching tools

Blackboard, PC, projector.

Slides, audiovisual materials, and additional recommended readings available on the VIRTUALE Unibo platform (https://virtuale.unibo.it)

Office hours

See the website of Mauro Carboni

See the website of Omar Mazzotti