Modern and Contemporary Economic History [Cognomi M-Z] (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Elisa Dalla Rosa
Elisa Dalla Rosa
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
II semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Feb 15, 2021 al May 29, 2021.

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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 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 millenium.

This course will deal with the following topics:

Productive and labour organisation
*the industrial revolutions in Europe
*industrialisation outside Europe
*business organisation and edevelopment

The connection between capitalism, crisis and economic policies
*the evolution of finance
*XX c. economic crisis 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
Ennio De Simone Storia economica. Dalla Rivoluzione Industriale alla Rivoluzione Informatica (Edizione 5) FrancoAngeli 2016 8891708372

Assessment methods and criteria

Attending students:
written exam: three open questions.

Not attending:
written exam: three open questions.

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 points as pass mark).