Paper Assignment for Econ 210a, Spring 2008
January 30: Modes of Production

Readings for Econ 210a, Introduction to Economic History, Spring 2008

Jan 23: What is economic history? [de Vries]

Jan 30: Modes of production [DeLong]

Feb 6: Malthus and the demographic transition [de Vries]

Feb 13: The industrious revolution [de Vries]

Feb 20: Early modern institutions [de Vries]

Feb 27: Early modern globalization [de Vries]

  • Jeffrey Williamson and Kevin O'Rourke, "After Columbus: Explaining Europe's Overseas Trade Boom, 1500-1800,"  Journal of Economic History 62 (2002): 417-456
  • Karl Marx, "The So-called Primitive Capital Accumulation," Capital, I, Part VIII, Chs 26-32
  • Jan de Vries, "The Limits to Globalization in the Early Modern World," Economic History Review (forthcoming)  [ONLINE REFERENCE MISSING]

Mar 5: Wars, colonies, canals, finance, and northwest European divergence [de Vries]

  • Ralph Austen and Woodruf D. Smith (1992), "Private Tooth Decay as Public Economic Virtue: The Slave-Sugar Triangle, Consumerism, and European Industrialization," in Joseph E. Imkori and Stanely L. Engerman, eds., The Atlantic Slave Trade (Durham, Duke Univ. Press, 1992), pp. 183-203 [ONLINE REFERENCE MISSING]
  • Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson, and James A. Robinson (2005), "The Rise of Europe," American Economic Review 95 (2005)
  • Larry Neal, Rise of Financial Capitalism: International Capital Markets in the Age of Reason (Cambridge, Cambidge, Univ Press, 1990), pp. 1-43, 118-40  [ONLINE REFERENCE MISSING]
  • Jan de Vries, "Dutch Economic Growth in Comparative-Historical Perspective, 1500-2000,"  De Economist 148 (2000): 443-467

Mar 12: Technology, investment, and the industrial revolution [DeLong]

Mar 19: Marx and urbanization and industrialization and marketization [DeLong]

Apr 2: Imperialism and colonialism [de Vries]

Apr 9: Why did the European settler colonies industrialize? [DeLong]

Apr 16: Gold standard and pre-WWI globalization [DeLong]

Apr 23: WWI and the Great Depression [DeLong]

*John Maynard Keynes (1920), The Economic Consequnces of the Peace, chapters 1, 2, and 6 * Christina Romer (1990), "The Great Crash and the Onset of the Great Depression," Quarterly Journal of Economics 104, pp.719-736, * Ben Bernanke (1983), "Nonmonetary Effects of the Financial Crisis in the Propagation of the Great Depression" American Economic Review 73, pp. 257-276, * Paul Krugman, "Introduction" to John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money * John Maynard Keynes (1932), "The World's Economic Outlook," Atlantic * Margaret Weir and Theda Skocpol, "State Structures and Social Keynesianism: Responses to the Great Depression in Sweden and the United States," International Journal of Comparative Sociology pp. 4-29,+%22State+Structures+and+Social+Keynesianism&ots=P2iXGFkFfu&sig=APmY6D1P2QkJ0l28RRWX5YxjBmg#PPA29,M1

Apr 30: WWII and the thirty glorious years [DeLong]

May 7: The twentieth-century experience: half empty or half full?