The 1700s-2000s witnessed the increased integration of pre-existing world economies into a global economic (capitalist and industrialized) system on the one hand (through processes of colonization and globalization), and of the rise of national economies (with national economic policies and economic sciences) on the other. Explaining how and why this happened is one of the major tasks that economic historians have set themselves. Starting in the late nineteenth century, they have found that these developments were driven by revolutionary developments in consumer behavior and in the labor, energy, and knowledge base of economies all around the globe. Any in-depth understanding of the state of the world requires an understanding of these previous developments, subsequent path dependencies, and parallel or divergent movements.

Course will be taught again in Spring 2021 under the name World Economic History: History of Capitalism.
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