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Sophomore Seminar: European Economic History
HIST 163
Spring 2009 not offered

This sophomore seminar analyzes the processes of European commercialization and industrialization from the early 18th to the end of the 20th century. We will begin by studying the gradual transition from a predominantly rural-agricultural to an urban-industrial economy, looking closely at the role of technology and enterprise in various phases of the Industrial Revolution. The impact of speculative financial bubbles, empire, depression, war, and the process of postwar reconstruction and economic integration will be studied in the second half of the course. While a basic knowledge of economics will be helpful, it is not a necessary prerequisite for this seminar, as the course aims to be accessible, broad, and comparative, with the European economy studied as an evolving human institution. We will draw insights from many fields to consider the geographical, cultural, institutional, political, and social factors shaping economic processes over time. A number of different European countries will be discussed, but focus will be on Great Britain, Germany, and France. The United States, Japan, and China will be studied in comparison and in the context of certain industries. The objectives of this seminar are to give a firm grounding in the processes that have shaped the modern European and world economy since the 18th century and to develop the critical, analytical, and writing skills needed for historical research.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)

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