Political Economy in Historical Context
POLECON 160 Political Economy in Historical Context: Revolution and Economic Transformation 1780-1989
Prerequisites: 100 and 101, or Political Economy of Industrial Societies 100 and 101, or consent of instructor
Time/Location: TuTh 12-2:30p / Barrows 166
Final Exam Group TBA
Instructor: David Beecher
This course explores key revolutions that transformed society, culture and politics on several continents between 1780 and 1989. We will consider the relationship between the unfolding of revolutionary events and ideas about economic development, political power, social structure, governance and grievances that animated revolutionary action. Theoretical frameworks allow us to explore how expanding individual political rights can lead to deeper social divisions, the relationship between capitalism and liberal democracy, and the political logic that animated economic development initiatives after WW II.
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