History of trade (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Maria Luisa Ferrari
Maria Luisa Ferrari
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primo semestre (lauree magistrali) dal Oct 5, 2020 al Dec 23, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

The course intends to provide the fundamental elements required for an understanding of the international economic relationships which developed in the Modern and Contemporary Age. After an outline of the historical conditions and the motives underlying the expansion of Europe, the course investigates forms of organisation of production, trade and circulation of the characteristic goods from the different areas (Europe, America ...) in the 15th-20th centuries with particular emphasis on the problem of the structure of interregional and intercontinental trade routes. Consistent with the vision that inspires the CdLM, upon completion of the course the students will know the historical antecedents of the current model of market economy and will be able to compare and give historical depth to the analysis of modern economic systems.


European Expansion: Historical Conditions and Economic Reasons.
Production and Trade from 15th to 18th Centuries: Goods, Traffic Routes, Financial and Commercial Organization.
World Trade from 1500 to 1780.
Inequality and Poverty.
History of Industrialization in the contemporary Age: a global Perspective.
World Trade and Globalization during the Nineteenth-Twentieth Century.
Introduction to the global History of Science and Technology.
Globalization at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century.
The Future of Globalization: Economic and Political Challenges.
Introduction to the History of Marketing and business Communication.

Teaching materials will be available online at the elearning course section.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
R. Findlay, K.H. O'Rourke Power and Plenty. Una storia economia del mondo UTET 2019 9788860085801 CAPITOLI 4-10

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will be an interview aiming at testing the students' overall knowledge by means of oral questions related to the required readings.