The course focuses on the period between 1750 and time in which the economical evolution shifted from pre-industrial to post-industrial. Emphasis lies on the dynamics of the economical and social changes of that time. Special attention will be paid to the economic growth, the economic trend, industrialization, banking, transport, the role of the government etc. Specific themes like labour, capital, technology, management, income, life-standards…will be discussed. History involves time and chronology, which makes a clearer view on the social-economical evolution and the dynamics necessary. The purpose is not only to provide a survey but also to gain insight in that period. It is quite impossible to give a full and profound overview of that evolution in the short time-span of the course. That ‘s why the course focuses on the evolution of the western economics, but always in the context of the world-economy.
The course is interactive: the students are given the chance to discuss.