Course: Economic History

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Course title Economic History
Course code KPP/KPV01
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Siviček Tomáš, Ing. PhD.
  • Soběhart Radek, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Kotíková Sylvie, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Economic History and the main trends of the medieval economy, the beginnings of a market economy 2. Mercantilism and the transition to a modern economic system, the beginnings of industrialization, institutional and agrarian revolution (England and North America in the 18th century) 3. Beginning of the liberal economy, free trade, colonialism, national law and the market economy 4. First wave of globalization at the turn of the 19th and 20th century, gold standard, war economy 5. Postwar economy, German reparations, Czechoslovakia in the 20s 6. Soviet Union in the interwar period, war economy, the new economic policy, collectivization, industrialization 7. World economic crisis. USA, France, Great Britain and Czechoslovakia, causes and impact of the economic crisis 8. Nazi economic policy, the economic crisis in Germany, inflation, total war, war economy 9. Post-war European reconstruction, European boom (1950-1973), Marshall Plan, German economic miracle, european integration 10. Eastern bloc in the 50th to 70th years, sovietization, Comecon, collectivization, industrialization in the Central Europe 11. Transformation of the world economy in the 70s and 80s, oil shocks, crisis of heavy industry, perestroika, conservative revolution - the US and the UK 12. Third world since the 60s of the 20th, decolonization, OPEC, the rise of Japan and China 13. Globalization and the world economy since the 90s of the 20th century, economic crisis,rise and stagnation of the so-called asian tigers

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 16 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 62 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course explores the main turning points in economic history, especially in modern times and contemporary history. Emphasis is placed primarily on development and understanding of the functioning of the market economy and the decision of the main actors in economic life. Lectures will also seek to put the development of the Czechoslovak economy in the context of major changes in the economy of modern Europe.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: - explain the basic milestones in economic history from the early modern period to the beginning of the 21st century - characterize the development of individual countries in the context of the development of the region, the continent and the global economic changes (eg. the economic crisis, colonialism, industrialization, etc.) - evaluate the significance of the economic crisis of the market economy - describe the principles of totalitarian economies

Assessment methods and criteria
attestation mid-term test (20 points) final test (30 points) Successful completion of tests - at least 26 points
Recommended literature
  • ABELSHAUSER, Werner. Deutsche Wirtschaftsgeschichte seit 1945. München: Beck Verlag, 2004. ISBN 3-406-51094-9..
  • BROADBERRY, Stephen (ed.), O´ROURKE, Kevin H. (ed.). The Cambridge Economic History of modern Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-521-88202-6..
  • EICHENGREEN, Barry J. The European Economy since 1945: Coordinated Capitalism and blond. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-691-12710-1..
  • LANDES, David. S. Bohatství a bída národů: proč jsou někteří tak bohatí a někteří tak chudí. Praha: BB art, 2004. ISBN 8073412918..
  • STELLNER, František a kol. Hospodářské dějiny (16. - 20. století). Praha: VŠE, 2006. ISBN 80-245-11-41..
  • ŽÍDEK, Libor. Dějiny světové hospodářství. Plzeň: Aleš Čeněk, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7380-184-7..

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Social and Economic Studies Economics and Management (A) Economy 1 Winter
Faculty of Social and Economic Studies Regional Development and Public Administration (A) Economy 1 Winter