Economic history (2020/2021)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

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Edoardo Demo,
Edoardo Demo
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secondo semestre (lauree) dal Feb 15, 2021 al Jun 1, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

The course intends to provide the fundamental elements required for an understanding of the international economic relationships which developed in the Modern and Contemporary Age. After an outline of the historical conditions and the motives underlying the expansion of Europe, the course investigates forms of organisation of production, trade and circulation of the characteristic goods from the different areas (Europe, America, Asia, Africa ...) in the 15th-20th centuries with particular emphasis on the problem of the structure of interregional and intercontinental trade routes.
The course aims to provide a general knowledge of structural and institutional evolution of european economy since the early modern age to the present.


- Agriculture in pre-industrial age.
- Industry and Production from 16th to 18th centuries
- European expansion: Historical conditions and economic reasons.
- Merchants and trade from 16th to 18th centuries: goods, traffic routes, financial and commercial organization.
- Business tools used by business people in pre-industrial age.
- The features of production and commerce in the nineteenth century.
- International trade and European domination (1875-1914).
- The international trade at the end of liberal capitalism.
- The new layout of international economy (1939-1953): Bretton Woods system and its transformation.
- Industry, Production and Commerce in the second half of the twentieth century
- The evolution of the means of transport and the modes of communication.
- The evolution of sales networks.
- The globalization: industry, finance, trade.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Carlo M. Cipolla Storia Economica dell'Europa preindustriale Il Mulino (Bologna) 2009
Larry Neal e Rondo Cameron Storia economica del mondo. Dalla preistoria ad oggi Il Mulino (Bologna) 2016
Robert C. Allen Storia Economica globale Il Mulino (Bologna) 2013