2123 Economic History
Univ.Prof. Dr. Markus Lampe
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/11/18 to 09/26/18
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Day Date Time Room
Thursday 10/04/18 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.02
Thursday 10/11/18 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.02
Thursday 10/18/18 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.02
Thursday 10/25/18 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.02
Thursday 11/08/18 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.02
Thursday 11/15/18 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.02
Thursday 11/22/18 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.02
Thursday 11/29/18 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.02
Thursday 12/06/18 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.02
Wednesday 12/12/18 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM D4.0.124
Thursday 12/13/18 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.02
Thursday 01/17/19 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.02

This course gives a comprehensive, thematically organized overview of economic history from the Middle Ages to the present. The focus is on Europe and its economic integration, both within countries and the continent and into the emerging world economy. The sequence of classes is more guided by topics than chronologically, although topics primarily important for preindustrial economies are treated before those that acquired prominence with industrialization and modern economic growth.

Some of the topics are (see for more details on each session below): Economic history and the making of Europe; market integration, urbanization and social and economic change; population and resource constraints: the Malthusian model - an accurate description of preindustrial economies?; industrialization, entrepreneurship and technology transfer; money, credit and banking in history; trade and growth (or not?); the rise of the welfare state; inequality in history; globalization and the challenges it entails.

Learning outcomes

- Understanding the evolution of the European economy in a global context

- Examining the causes and consequences of industrialization and market integration in history

- Understaning the role of institutions in the process of economic development and economic growth

- Understanding the structural transformations and social challenges that accompany economic growth and globalisation

Skills and competences:

- The course trains the abilities to understand and analyse economic and social development processes with a special focus on their motors, patterns and forces of resistence.

-  This will be done through assignments, presentations and questions to students on different levels of reflection, so basic knowledge on individual topics, the connection between different topics (and historical processes) and interpretation are rehearsed. 

- Special attention is given to using basic tools of economics and other social sciences in interpreting history, and in contrasting the content of economic and social science theories with actual historical developments.

- Ultimately, the course aims to advance the students' ability to raise questions and answer them using the tools of analysis developed by economic and social sciences.


Attendance requirements

Assistance >80% of all units is required - so, students can miss two classes (9/11=81.8%)

Teaching/learning method(s)

Students will acquire the knowledge and skills through lectures, the handing of the work assigned by the instructors and its discussion in class. This will require individual and teamwork, performed by the students inside and outside the classroom, and their discussion in class or individual assessment by the instructor. We will work through the textbook and go through additional exercises based on text or empirical data (with the necessary introduction by the instructors).

Students are required to participate in discussions class and present the answers to questions based on the textbook or additional material to their fellow students in brief contributions.


One mid-term test and one final exam, which contribute 37% and 38% respectively, to the final mark.

Lectures, assignments and participation in class prepare students for these exams. They will be graded continuously, and such participation marks will count for 25% of the final mark.

Exchange students will be able to take the final exam in December (date and place to be determined) if they request to do so.

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists
1 Author: Karl Gunnar Persson and Paul Sharp

An Economic History of Europe. Knowledge, Institutions and Growth, 600 to the Present.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition: 2nd ed.
Year: 2015
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
Availability of lecturer(s)

Office hours: Friday, 9.30h (D4.3.004)

Unit details
Unit Date Contents
1 04.10.2018

Introduction: Economic history and the making of Europe

2 11.10.2018

Trade, division of labour and urbanization in pre-industrial Europe

3 18.10.2018

Population, resources and preindustrial economic growth

4 25.10.2018

Institutions and economic growth in premodern and modern times

5 8.11.2018

Knowledge, technology and economic growth: the birth and spread of the industrial revolution 

6 15.11.2018

Midterm exam

7 22.11.2018

Money, credit and banking

8 29.11.2018

International monetary regimes

9 06.12.2018

Trade, market integration and globalization, 1800 to today

10 13.12.2018

Economic growth and inquality among and within nations

11 17.01.2019

Final exam

Last edited: 2018-07-02