The course aimed at allowing students to understand the main economic problems characterizing the European history from the Middle Ages onwards. In particular the themes were: the Italian and European development from the beginning of the Feudal age to the fifteenth century; the European expansion and the consequent shift in the balance of power during the Modern Age; the industrial revolution in England and the growth of the national States between nineteenth and twentieth century
ATTENDEES AND NON ATTENDEES: R. CAMERON, L. NEAL, Storia economica del mondo, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2002, voll. 1-2 (or later editions also in one volume)
To offer knowledge and tools of critical analysis for the understanding of current societies and economies as points of arrival of long-term historical processes
Elements of micro and macro economy (recommended)
Type of Assessment
The course aims to attribute knowledge and tools for the critical evaluation of economic facts in a long-term historical context. The program will focus on Europe's economy and society, analyzed in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. After presenting the main aspects of medieval economic organization, the lessons will focus on the characteristics of the European renaissance, starting from the thirteenth century, by the strong expansion of the cities of central-northern Italy and those of the northern countries. In the context of the development between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, the phenomena that caused the change in the equilibrium achieved in the fifteenth century will be examined, from the prevalence of the economic functions of the Mediterranean to the new role of the Atlantic Ocean after Christopher Columbus, the emergence of other economic and military powers. After the great Spanish and Portuguese expansion, Holland and England took the role of leading economies. The second part of the course will be devoted to the analysis of the multiple factors that led to the English industrial revolution. Subsequently the different models of industrial development will be specified with particular regard to the Italian reality. The focus will be on the study of the main strategic sectors such as agriculture, industry and the bank until the second post-war period.