Focus is on the major processes that have determined economic growth: technological change, demographic transitions, trade and finance, and institutional development. The course also explores the unique paths of development for different regions of the world.
- Technology, Innovation and Systems of Production
- The Great Depression & The Economics of World Wars
- Women and Economic History
- Import Substitution Industrialization and Economic Development in Latin America
- New Economic Powers: China and India
- The Economy and the Environment.
If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to demostrate:
- how economic growth can be shaped by markets, states and geography
- how the process of globalization has unfolded
- how some countries managed to ‘catch-up’, and in some cases, overtake, leading economies
- what role technological change has played in the development of economies
- how the organization of economies can has changed over time
- why inequality persists, both between and within countries
- why some economic polices been more successful than others
- how financial crises emerge, spread and recede.
Unseen written exam (3 hrs).
- Stephen Broadberry and Kevin O’Rourke (eds), The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe. Volume 2: 1870 to the present. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
- Stephen Broadberry and Kyoji Fukao, The Cambridge Economic History of the Modern World. Volume 2: 1870 to the present. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021)
- Barry Eichengreen. Globalising Capital: A History of the International Monetary System. (Princeton University Press, 2019)
Course information sheets
Download the course information sheets from the LSE website.