July 12, 2002

European Economic History Reading Course: Fall 2002: First Draft Syllabus

1. Basics

  • Robert Bates and Avner Greif (1998), Analytical Narratives (Princeton: Princeton University Press).
  • Massimo Livi-Bacci (2001), A Concise History of World Population (Oxford: Blackwell).
  • Douglass North (1981), Structure and Change in Economic History (New York: Norton).
  • Douglass North (1990), Institutions, Institutional Change, and Economic Performance (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press).

2. Europe Before the Industrial Revolution

  • Carlo Cipolla (1980), Before the Industrial Revolution (New York: Norton).
  • Jan de Vries and Ad van der Woude (1997), The First Modern Economy: Success, Failure, and Perseverance of the Dutch Economy, 1500-1815 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press).

3. The European World Economy

  • Kenneth Pomeranz (2000), The Great Divergence: Europe, China, and the Making of a Modern World Economy (Princeton: Princeton University Press).
  • Barbara Solow,ed. (1991), Slavery and the Rise of the Atlantic System (Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press).

4. The Coming of the Industrial Age

  • NFR Crafts (1985), British Economic Growth during the Industrial Revolution (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • Joel Mokyr, ed. (1999), The British Industrial Revolution: An Economic Perspective (Boulder, CO: Westview Press).

5. Globalization

  • Barry Eichengreen and Marc Flandreau (1997), The Gold Standard in Theory and History
  • Kevin O'Rourke and Jeffrey Williamson (1999), Globalization and History: The Evolution of a Nineteenth Century Atlantic Economy (Caqmbridge: MIT Press).

6. Background

  • Landes, Diamond, Braudel?

Potential Students:

  • Rui Pedro Esteves <resteves@econ.Berkeley.EDU>
Posted by DeLong at July 12, 2002 12:04 PM | TrackBack


While I admire Greif's work, I thought that Analytical Narratives was quite a weak book. Have you seen Jon Elster's review of it in the September 2000 APSR?

As a sociologist, I'm interested to see what you put on your syllabus or this sort of course, seeing as it overlaps so much with big questions in comparative historical sociology. My own disciplinary biases tend in two directions: (1) Towards some reading that focuses attention on the role of the state --- Chuck Tilly's Coercion, Capital and European States for instance, or Tom Ertman's Birth of the Leviathan. (2) Towards something that emphasizes the birth of the modern corporate form. Bill Roy's Socializing Captial for example, but that's about the U.S.

I thought the Pomeranz book was terrific

Posted by: Kieran Healy on July 13, 2002 06:29 PM
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