The International Economy of the 20th Century

History 160

Spring 2015
Day & Time: 
MW 4-530P
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.

Course Books

Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System (Second Edition) by Barry Eichengreen Princeton University Press. ISBN: 9780691139371 Required
Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century by Jeffry A. Frieden WW Norton. ISBN: 9780393329810 Required
The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond: An International History since 1900 by William R. Keylor Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199736348 Optional