History of international trading (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Maria Luisa Ferrari
Maria Luisa Ferrari
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I semestre dal Oct 1, 2018 al Jan 12, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

The course intends to provide the fundamental elements required for an understand-ing of the international economic relationships which developed in the Modern and Contemporary Age. After an outline of the historical conditions and the motives un-derlying the expansion of Europe, the course investigates forms of organisation of production, trade and circulation of the characteristic goods from the different areas (Europe, Africa, Asia America ...) 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 students with the basic knowledge in the field of Com-merce History in order to acquaint historical events of the current market economy model and the comparisons among them.


European Expansion: Historical Conditions and Economic Reasons.
Production and Trade from 15th to 18th Centuries: Goods, Traffic Routes, Financial and Commercial Organization.
World Trade 1500-1650 between Old World and New World: Silky, Spice and Silver.
The Trades on the Baltic and in Southeast Asia.
World Trade 1650-1780: the Age of Mercantilism. The Rivalries between Holland, Great Britain and France. The Major Powers in Asia: India, China and Russia.
Trade and the Industrial Revolution.
World Trade 1780-1914: the Great Specialization, the First "Globalization", the Great Divergence.
The American Continent between Colonization and Independence. The USA and the Frontier.
Nineteenth-Century Imperialism
World trade from 1914 to 1939: de-globalization.
The Great Depression.
The Collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
The Geopolitical Consequences of the World War II: Communism, the Cold War and Decolonization.
The New Layout of the International Economy (1939-1953). The Bretton Woods System and Its Transformation.
The Re-globalization: Opennes and Convergence in the Late Twentieth Century.
Unravelling the Great Specialization.
Globalization at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century.
The Future of Globalization: Economic and Political Challenges.

R. Findlay, K. H. O'Rourke, Potere e ricchezza. Una storia economica del mondo, a cura di G. Conti, M. C. Schisani, UTET, Torino, 2017.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Findlay, O'Rourke, Potere e ricchezza. Versione ridotta UTET 2019

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will be an interview aiming at testing the students' overall knowledge by means of oral questions related to the required readings.