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Syllabus for Economics 395 - Seminar The Global Economy: Past and Present Spring 2001 Grinnell College Marcia J. Frost MW 2:15 - 4:05pm, Carnegie 305 Office hours: Carnegie 204, x 4761 frostmj@grinnell.edu I maintain an open door policy -- when my door is open, I'm willing to meet with students. You can almost always find me in my office 9am to 4:30pm M-F except when I'm not in class [MWF 9-9:50 and 11-11:50]. You are welcome to stop by at your convenience without an appointment. If you want to ensure that I am in my office at a time convenient to you and that you won't need to wait, make an appointment. A sign-up sheet is always posted on my door for the current and forthcoming week showing when I'm scheduled to be out of the office and when others plan to meet with me. You may also send me an e-mail. I give priority to students who make appointments and then students without appointments on a first come, first seen basis. Course Description At the close of the 19th century the map makers' British red was splashed across every continent, western Europeans dominated world events and trade, and even the humblest laborers lived richer, longer and more varied lives than their grandparents could ever have imagined. Over the preceding centuries western European economies had gradually, but at an accelerating pace, been transformed, while those of their former rivals and peers (the Ottomans, Indians and Chinese) failed to keep pace as agricultural and industrial productivity gain slowed or even reversed. In this course we will examine the economic history of the world ca. 13,000 BC to the present in an attempt to explore how and why "the West" was unequivocally richer than the rest by ca. 1800-1950, and what the lessons of the past suggest for the future. Until the middle and late 20th century, few rulers or societies collected the volumes of data we take for granted in the US today -- GDP accounts were first developed in the mid 1930s, routine "national" population and production censuses were only commonly and consistently
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