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COMPARATIVE BUSINESS HISTORY

Program

Updated A.Y. 2019-2020

Course Description
The course deals with world economic and business history of the 20th century up to the beginning of the 21st century. It is organized as a sort of journey around the world, surfing across the two main historical dimensions of time and space.
Based on an neo-institutional approach, it will compare the varieties of capitalism of the different regions, considering the enterprise and the State as major actors of the analysed processes.
The years 1945-2015 will be analysed in the context of the European integration process and of globalization.
Specific case-studies will be the object of in-depth focuses, brought into with the active participation of the students.  A special focus will be dedicated to the history and the economy of Central Eastern Europe, due to the special location of the course.
At the end of the course students are expected to acquire knowledge and critical understanding of the main issues of contemporary economic and business history. They will explain the origins of the regional varieties of capitalism in comparative perspective, identifying the main forces of global economic development throughout the history of enterprises in their regional environment.

Teaching Method
The course combines various teaching methodologies:lessons; seminars; discussions of the assigned readings, which will analyze a series of questions about the topics covered in the lessons.
The course will start with an introductory class (6 hours) in Rome. The rest of the course will be carried out in Gdansk (Poland) from October 14th to October 18th through lectures at European Solidarity Centre and guided tours at historical museums and sites.

Schedule of Topics

Topic 1 Discovering the varieties of capitalism
Topic 2 Industrial revolutions in global perspective
Topic 3 The 20th century’s dominant nation: USA
Topic 4 Japan, the challenger
Topic 5 The giant’s reawakening: China
Topic 6 India in the long run
Topic 7 From Russia to Russia, going through USSR
Topic 8 Brasil: the contradictions of succes
Topic 9 Exploring the economic and business history of Central eastern Europe

 

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