HIST2008 - Economic History


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

This course examines the historical roots of the global economic system.The course starts with the emergence of free trade around 1840 and the rapid economic globalization in the 19th century. We will discuss why several countries abandoned free trade and opted for more protectionist policies in the decades around 1900. 1914 represents a watershed, also in economic history. The outbreak of war triggered 30 years of economic deglobalization. Why did this happen? We’ll study the economic warfare during WW1 and WW2 and the economic impact of the wars. The economic crises of the interwar era also led to comprehensive changes in economic policy. Even in the US, capitalism became increasingly regulated. After the destruction during WW2 the international economic system had to be rebuilt from the scratch. What political choices were made - and why? From c. 1970 the international economy was increasingly liberalized. Why did this happen and what were the consequences? We’ll follow the development up until the financial crisis in the 2010s.

The specific course topics may change annually and will usually reflect that years lecturer's research interests. Information on topics for the academic year is found under studies on the webpage for the department with academic responsibility.

Learning outcome

A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome according to the course curriculum, defined as knowledge and skills:


The candidate has comprehensive knowledge about

  • global economic history after c. 1840
  • different perspectives and approaches in the field of modern economic history


Candidates should be able

  • to analyse and discuss central developments covered in the course
  • to reflect orally and in writing about central problems and debates
  • to apply empirical knowledge and theoretical approaches when analyzing key issues in economic history

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, case-studies and assignments. The assignments must be approved in order to take the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment

Further on evaluation

There is a 4-hour exam at the end of the semester.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

See curriculum published at the start of the semester, and other materials (reading and lecture lists and other relevant information) published on Blackboard.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HIST2405 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • History
  • Social Sciences
  • Economics
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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