International Economy in the Twentieth Century

History 160

Spring 2018
4 LeConte
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TuTh 3:30-5
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The twentieth century saw unprecedented levels of international economic growth through market exchange and integration, 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 expert planning to spur economic growth, raising the living standards of millions in some instances, but also fueling mass unemployment, famine, environmental degradation and even war in other instances. Topics include the gold standard, the Great Depression, the economics of the two World Wars, the rise and fall of the postwar welfare state, the problem of economic development, and the recent return of financial crises. There are no prerequisites, although a background in economics is useful.