14.731 Economic History

Fall 2006

Political cartoon depicting 18th century Euro-American economic relations.
"A picturesque view of the state of the nation for February 1778." This political cartoon features characters representing America, Britain, the Netherlands, France, and Spain.  It satirizes the economic relations among the states. (Image courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number LC-USZ62-39591 (b&w film copy neg.)]. Originally published in Westminster Magazine 6 (March 1, 1778): 66.)

Course Highlights

This course features a detailed list of readings as well as an extensive list of study materials essential to the term paper, which can be found in the assignments section.

Course Description

This course offers a comprehensive survey of world economic history, designed to introduce economics graduate students to the subject matter and methodology of economic history. Topics are chosen to show a wide variety of historical experience and illuminate the process of industrialization. A final term paper is due at the end of the course.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Dora Costa
Prof. Peter Temin

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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