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Veranstaltungstitel Introduction to Economic History
Kennzeichen 55710
Veranstaltungsart Vorlesung
Fachgruppe Ökonomie (VWL)
Semester Winter 2019
Dozent(en) Sebastian Teupe
Jan-Otmar Hesse
Empfehlung(en) Studiensemester 3. Semester (P&E Bachelor)
5. Semester (P&E Bachelor)
Bereich(e) Ö6: Veranstaltungen eigener Wahl
E6: Spezialisierung Economics


The objective of this course is to provide a basic overview of some of the central topics, debates and episodes in economic history. This includes the historical foundations of capitalisms and its central explanations, the development of money from specie to e-cash and its institutional foundations, the complex and changing interrelation of states and the economy, the development of consumer societies, as well as the role of small businesses, giant firms and multinationals.

Rather than providing a comprehensive overview of historical development, however, the course will focus on economic history as a theoretically oriented discipline with a critical but also strong focus on quantifiable data like prices, income, output or consumption. By discussing historical examples and case studies students will be taught about the differences between “quantitative” and “qualitative” approaches in economic history. They will be trained in evaluating sources critically and place them in their historical context. They will learn to scrutinize the notion of a static and ahistorical operation of the economy and acquire tools to understand its dynamic.


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