European Economic History

History 159B

Fall 2014
101 Barker
Day & Time: 
TuTh 11-1230P
History 159B is a survey course about the European economy during the long nineteenth century. The focus of the course is the Industrial Revolution, its origins in Britain during the last part of the eighteenth century and its uneven spread during the nineteenth century. During the semester, the course will grapple with several big questions: What was revolutionary about industrialization? Why did industrialization take place in some regions far from Britain, like North America and Japan, apparently sooner and more successfully than in regions closer to Britain, such as Russia and the Balkans? How did industrialization contribute to the “first” era of globalization, to the creation of an international monetary system, the gold standard, and to the emergence of “underdevelopment” in European colonies? Did Britain fall behind during the so-called second industrial revolution and why did the liberal order that Britain’s “gentlemanly capitalism” supposedly promulgated collapse so abruptly with the July crisis in 1914?