The International Economy of the 20th Century

History 160

Spring 2014
100 GPB
Day & Time: 
MWF 10-11A

History 160 is an upper division course that traces the tremendous pace and scope of economic change since the late 1800s. The twentieth century saw unprecedented levels of international economic integration through market-based exchange as well as numerous experiments, left and right, at economic independence from reigning financial superpowers. National governments and international organizations they created alternatively relied on market mechanisms and on planning to spur economic growth, raising the living standards of millions in some instances but also fueling mass unemployment, famine, environmental degradation and even genocide in other instance. Topics include the gold standard, the Great Depression, the economics of the two World Wars and of the post-war international orders. Some background in economics is beneficial as is a good grasp of modern history.

Course Books

Globalizing capital : a history of the international monetary system, 2nd ed. by Barry J Eichengreen Princeton UP. ISBN: 9780691139371 0691139377 Required