Modern and Contemporary Economic History [Cognomi A-L] (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Stefania Montemezzo
Stefania Montemezzo
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 17, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is a survey of the modern and contemporary world Economic History. What students will learn during the course will be useful to understand today's societies and economy, by placing them into their historical path, in a global and long running perspective.


Which economic process characterised the modern and contemporary age? What's the connection between industrialisation and the economic development of the West? What's the relation between capitalism, globalisation and economic crises?
The course will try to answer to these and other questions by analysing the main matters of the modern and contemporary economic history. The aim of the course is to analyse the different aspects of the economic development since the late XVIII century to the beginning of the third millennium.

This course will deal with the following topics:

Productive and labour organisation
* the industrial revolutions in Europe
* Industrialisation outside Europe
* business organisation and development

The connection between capitalism, crisis and economic policies
* the evolution of finance
* XX c. economic crises and the war economy
* State intervention into national economies

New economies
* Europe: from post-war development to the crisis
* the Asiatic rise
* the boundaries of the economic development

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
L.F. Signorini, I. Visco L’economia italiana Il Mulino 2002 Non frequentanti
Vera Zamagni Perché l’Europa ha cambiato il mondo. Una storia economica Il Mulino 2015 9788815258618 Per frequentanti e non frequentanti

Assessment methods and criteria

Attending students:
Written exam: three open questions (personal notes and handbook --> Zamagni)

Not attending:
Written exam: three open questions (handbook Zamagni + monograph Signorini-Visco).

In order to pass the exam, all three answers need be sufficient. Every answer can obtain a maximum of 10 points (with a minimum threshold of 6 point as pass mark).

IMPORTANT: Due to the current COVID emergency, the exam will be oral.

- 3 questions, with a sufficient answer in all. No more that 3 questions per student are allowed.

Where and when:
- Zoom. Students enrolled will receive a notification with the time for the connection and the credentials the previous day. Students shall connect at the indicated time, with the microphone off and wait to be called.
- Absence: Students must unsubscribe from the exam list or let the teacher know the day before (by 10 am) they will not partecipate to the exam, Those who won't be online when called, will receive the failure grade (not absence).