77975 - ECONOMIC HISTORY OF GLOBALIZATION

Scheda insegnamento

SDGs

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Anno Accademico 2020/2021

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

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.

Contenuti

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.

Course modalities

The course is organized in lectures and seminars, as detailed in the following program. Lectures (16 hours in remote on MS TEAMS) aim to introduce students to the core tenets of the discipline. Seminars (12 hours) aim to provide occasions for in-depth discussions of class materials and exercises. For the seminar section of the course, students will be divided in two groups according to their preferences and according to rules concerning the current pandemic emergency: one group will do the seminar in classroom (12 hours) and another group will do the seminar remotely on MS TEAMS (12 hours), for a total of 28 hours for each student. Students are required to carefully read the assigned material before the session and - in the case of seminars - active participation through presentations of existing scholarship and case studies will also be expected. Regardless of the health-related conditions and the specific organization of the course, students will be able to follow the lessons of the entire course remotely on MS TEAMS.

Testi/Bibliografia

Mandatory readings:

IMPORTANT NOTE: You are strongly encouraged to order books well in advance of the start of the course, as delivery time may be significant (no xeroxes allowed; no screen class). You are expected to have read each text at the time we discuss it.

Ronald Findlay and Kevin O'Rourke (2007), Power and Plenty, Princeton: Princeton University Press

Joel Mokyr (2017), A Culture of Growth. The Origins of the Modern Economy, Princeton: Princeton University Press

Richard Baldwin (2016), The Great Convergence. Information Technology and the New Globalization, Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of 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

Metodi didattici

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.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

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.

Orario di ricevimento

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