The International Economy of the 20th Century

History N160

Summer 2017
Second 6 Week Session
141 Giannini
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MTuWTh 2-4, July 3 – August 11
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The twentieth century witnessed both international integration through market-based exchange as well as numerous experiments, left and right, at economic independence from reigning financial superpowers. National governments, and the 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, decolonialization, and post-war financial crisis.