European Economic History

History 159B

Fall 2015
Day & Time: 
MWF 2-3P

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 before the outbreak of World War 1. During the semester, we will grapple with several big questions: What was revolutionary about industrialization? Why did some regions far from Britain, like North America and Japan, industrialize sooner and more successfully than some regions closer to Britain, such as Russia and the Balkans? How did industrialization contribute to globalization, to the creation of an international monetary system, the gold standard, and to the emergence of “underdevelopment” in colonial empires? How did newly industrializing countries like Germany overtake pioneers like Britain during the so-called second industrial revolution, and why did the liberal order that industrialization supposedly promulgated collapse so abruptly with the July crisis in 1914?

There are no formal prerequisites for enrollment, although a general background in economics and world history is helpful.

Course Books

The Industrial Revolution: Milestones in Business History by Horn, Jeff Greenwood Press. ISBN: 9780313338533 Optional