Economic History

Why were a handful of European countries able to impose themselves on the rest of the globe and what have the consequences been?

This course introduces students to a historical account of how capitalism became the dominant economic system in the globe. It explores this question: by surveying different economic systems that existed before capitalism, by studying how the industrial revolution and colonialism led to capitalism in the global economy and how different forms of capitalism have developed around the world in the twentieth century. This course immerses students into academic literature on economic history and cultivates long reading ability within students. Further, this course prepares students to improve their writing through different prompt based assignments.