Academic master history studies "Society, state, transition" 2013
The Balkans in the Global Economic History
Status: optional
Recommended Year of Study: 1
Recommended Semester: 1
ECTS Credits Allocated: 6.00
Pre-requisites: No specific requirements

Course objectives: Familiarizing, analysis and critical opinion on significant issues of history, politics and economy of Balkans, like the one how old markets functioned in the times of early colonialism and state protectionism, why some nations are rich and some poor, what is the position of Balkans in the processes of appearance of capitalist economy, ethics and culture, why industrial revolution took place in Western Europe

Course description: Lectures are covering period from appearance of "world market" and "world economy" in 21st century to contemporary events, including current world economy crisis. Special attention is paid to issues of economic growth, trade development, role of state regulation and protection, industrial revolution, development of US economy, globalization and disturbances in the world market. Lecturing is combined with discussions and analyses of key examples, divided into 10 topics:Gold and money in history; Mediterannean and Atlantic; "European wonder". Religion, ethics, science, culture, political market, institutions, relief and climate, and European capitalism; Industrial revolution: "First globalization, 1750-1914; First world economy crisis and dictatorship economies; Globalization of the Cold War; American unilaterism 1991-2001; Polycentric globalization and second world economic crisis 2001-2010; "Eurocentric" and "difusionist" theories. "World history" and "macro history". Since this is multidisciplinary subject, lectures will be supported by appropriate audiovisual contents for easier comprehension.

Learning Outcomes: Putting Balkans into perspective of worldwide economic history. Identifying key economic changes in world history, analyzing their content, time, space and reasons, comprehending basic flows of world history that shaped economic rules. Considering Balkans position in world economic history, this subject reveals reasons and consequences of phenomenon of Balkan's relative economic lag in economic and social development, and modernization processes in general.

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