Corsi di Laurea Corsi di Laurea Magistrale Corsi di Laurea Magistrale
a Ciclo Unico
Scuola di Scienze umane, sociali e del patrimonio culturale
SUP4069417, A.A. 2014/15

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Principali informazioni sull'insegnamento
Corso di studio Corso di laurea magistrale in
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Crediti formativi 9.0
Tipo di valutazione Voto
Dipartimento di riferimento Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche Geografiche e dell'Antichità (DISSGeA)
Obbligo di frequenza No
Lingua di erogazione INGLESE, ITALIANO
Corso singolo NON è possibile iscriversi all'insegnamento come corso singolo
Corso a libera scelta È possibile utilizzare l'insegnamento come corso a libera scelta


Dettaglio crediti formativi
Tipologia Ambito Disciplinare Settore Scientifico-Disciplinare Crediti
CARATTERIZZANTE Discipline storiche, sociali e del territorio SECS-P/12 9.0

Organizzazione dell'insegnamento
Periodo di erogazione Secondo semestre
Anno di corso I Anno
Modalità di erogazione frontale

Tipo ore Crediti Ore di
Ore Studio
LEZIONE 9.0 63 162.0

Inizio attività didattiche 02/03/2015
Fine attività didattiche 12/06/2015
Visualizza il calendario delle lezioni Lezioni 2019/20 Ord.2017

Commissioni d'esame
Commissione Dal Al Membri
1 Commissione 2014/15 01/10/2014 30/09/2015 MIRANDA ENCARNACION JOSE ANTONIO (Presidente)
ROVERATO GIORGIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisiti: Basic knowledge of contemporary history.
English and Italian proficiency.
Conoscenze e abilita' da acquisire: This course is a survey on historical processes of growth, convergence and divergence in the world economy over the past two centuries. The lectures will deal with general factors affecting the course of economic growth and development, but they will also focus on the differences between countries and regions of the world, which have been responsible for the processes of economic divergence. Particular attention will be paid to the influence of culture and economic, political, and social institutions.
The main goal is to improve students’ ability to integrate knowledge and to critically analyse and discuss complex economic phenomena.
Modalita' di esame: The exam will consist of a multiple-choice test and two short essays. The final grade will also depend on students presentations, hand-on exercises, class participation and discussions.
Criteri di valutazione: The grade distribution will be based 25 per cent on presentations and hands-on exercises, 25 per cent on class participation and discussions, and 50 per cent on a final exam. The exam will consist of a multiple-choice test and two short essays.
Contenuti: Subject 1. Economic growth in the long run (3 lectures)
1.1 What is Economic History? The importance of history for economic development.
1.2 The world economy in the long run
1.3 The great divergence

Subject 2. Origins of modern economic development (5 lectures)
2.1 The Malthusian economy
2.2 The industrial revolution
2.3 Why England? Why Not China, India, or Japan?
2.4 The second technological revolution
2.5 Industrialization of the European continent: early starters and latecomers
2.6 The industrial successes of the US and Japan

Subject 3. The first globalisation, 1870-1914 (4 lectures)
3.1 The expansion of international trade
3.2 The gold standard monetary system
3.3 International migrations and capital flows
3.4 Colonialism and economic backwardness in the non-Western World

Subject 4. World War I and the Economies of the twenties (2 lectures)
4.1 Economic consequences of the War and the Peace to belligerents and neutrals
4.2 Instability and economic imbalances of the 1920s: United Kingdom, France, Germany and the USA

Subject 5. The Russian Revolution and the soviet economy (3 lectures)
5.1 The Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union
5.2 The evolution towards a centrally-planned economic system

Subject 6. The Great Depression and the disintegration of the global economy (3 lectures)
6.1 The crash of 1929 and the crisis in the United States
6.2 Characteristics and causes of the international economic depression of the 30s
6.3 Policies against depression and recovery
6.4 The economic impact of the Second World War

Subject 7. Postwar growth and the rise of the Welfare State (4 lectures)
7.1 A new economic world order
7.2 The golden age of capitalism and the rise of the Welfare State
7.3 Successes and failures of the collectivist economies
7.4 Decolonization and economic growth of the developing countries

Subject 8. From the 1970s crisis to the end of the Iron Curtain (3 lectures)
8.1 Oil price shocks and recessions. The proliferation of neoliberal policies
8.2 The European integration process
8.3 Latin America debt crisis
8.4 The fall of communism

Subject 9. The second wave of globalization (2 lectures)
9.1 The new globalisation
9.2 The Chinese economic miracle
9.3 The great recession
Attivita' di apprendimento previste e metodologie di insegnamento: The course will combine lectures with readings, discussions and hands-on exercises. Lectures will be supported by PowerPoint presentations, graphs and tables. Each week will have a compulsory short reading, which should be completed before class. These readings will be available online. Each paper will be presented by a student or by a group of two or three students, depending on the number of the students of the class. The presentations aim to teach students how to present research papers in academic seminars. After each presentation, all the students will discuss the paper. Participation in the class discussion is central to the course and will be graded. Hands-on exercises will introduce students to basic concepts of quantitative analysis and they will show how historical data are obtained, analysed and interpreted.
Eventuali indicazioni sui materiali di studio: Readings to discuss:
- NUNN, N. (2009): “The Importance of History for Economic Development”, Annual Review of Economics, vol. 1(1), pages 65-92 (
- BROADBERRY, S. (2013): Accounting for the Great Divergence, London School of Economics and Political Science, Economic History Working Papers, Nº. 184/2013 (
- LÓPEZ-CÓRDOVA, J.E. and MEISSNER, C. (2003): “Exchange-Rate Regimes and International Trade: Evidence from the Classical Gold Standard Era”, The American Economic Review, Vol. 93, No. 1, pp. 344-353 (
- SOKOLOFF, K. L. and ENGERMAN, S. L. (2000): “Institutions, Factor Endowments, and Paths of Development in the New World”, Journal of Economic Perspectives, volume 14, number 3, pp. 217–232 (
- TEMIN, P. (1993): “Transmission of the Great Depression”, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp. 87-102
- FERGUSON, N. (2006): “The Second World War as an Economic Disaster” (
- BORDO, M. D. (1993): “The Bretton Woods International Monetary System: A Historical Overview”, in BORDO, M. D. and EICHENGREEN, B. (eds.), A Retrospective on the Bretton Woods System: Lessons for International Monetary Reform, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, pp. 3-108 (
- SYLWESTER, K. (2005): “Decolonization and Economic Growth: The Case of Africa”, Journal of Economic Development, Volume 30, Nº. 2, pp. 87-102 (
- EVANS, P. and SEWELL, W. H. Jr. (2013): “The Neoliberal Era: Ideology, Policy, and Social Effects”, in HALL, P. and LAMONT, M. (eds.), Social Resilience in the Neo-Liberal Era, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
- SHLEIFER, A. and TREISMAN, D. (2014): “Normal Countries: The East 25 Years After Communism”, Foreign Affairs, Novembrer-December
- BALDWIN, R. E. and MARTIN; Ph. (1999): Two Waves of Globalisation: Superficial Similarities, Fundamental Differences, NBER Working Paper No. 6904 (
- ZHU, Xiaodong (2012): “Understanding China’s Growth: Past, Present, and Future”, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Volume 26, Number 4, pp. 103–124 (
Testi di riferimento:
  • ROVERATO, G., L’impresa come paradigma storico. Profilo di storia dell’impresa,. Padova: Edizioni Libreria Rinoceronte, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • CAMERON, R. and NEAL, L., A Concise Economic History of the World: from Palaeolithic Times to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • FRIEDEN, J. A., Global Capitalism. Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century. New York: Norton and Company, --. Cerca nel catalogo