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Regular version of the site

190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel, Room 123

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel

Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Bordere in 1617-1618

Selin A. A.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2023. P. 99-118.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

History of Economics and Economic Institutions

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Elective course
1 year, 1, 2 module

Course Syllabus


Based on the interdisciplinary approaches from economic and environmental history and the history of technology, the course examines key global transformations in a long duration (longue durée) perspective, and focusing on global economic changes since the Industrial Revolution. It, thus, discusses economic changes associated with the Great Divergence, and the complex history of technology, economy, and the environment of capitalist as well as right- and left wing authoritarian systems during the 20th century. Particular attention is given to the environmental impact of economic and technological changes in the era of the Anthropocene. The course does not aim at covering the whole historical process but is focused on the key turning processes and their connections.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • This course aims at giving PhD students a comprehensive overview of global economic and technological development and the social and environmental consequences of globalization.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Is able to create new theories, invent new ways and tools of professional activity
  • Is able to improve and develop his intellectual and cultural level, to build a trajectory of professional development and career
  • Is able to reflex (evaluate and rework) the learned scientific and activity methods
  • Is able to analyze historical sources, scientific texts and reports, to review scientific literature in Russian and foreign languages
  • Is able to present historical information in a scientific and popular form
  • Is able to perform interdisciplinary interaction and cooperation with representatives of other fields of knowledge while solving research and applied tasks
  • Is able to solve problems in the professional environment on the basis of analysis and synthesis
  • Is able to conduct independent fundamental and applied research using classical and modern methodology, analysis of problems, setting goals and objectives, selection of the object and subject of research, choice of research mode and methods, as well as assessment of its quality
  • Is able to analyze and propose scientific interpretation of historical events in their interrelation in accordance with the requirements of modern historical science
  • Is able to present the results of research with special terminology
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction: Institutions and Economic History
  • Technology and Economic Change
  • The Great Divergence
  • Periphery, Marginality, and Global Economic Inequality
  • Colonialism
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Understanding Socialism and its Economic Performance
  • Natural Resources: Exploration, Exploitation, Dependence
  • Anthropocene
  • Economic Development and Sustainability
  • Transfers, Circulations, Globalisation and Economic Development
  • What Do We Learn From Institutions?
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class engagement
  • non-blocking Class engagement
  • non-blocking Essay
    During the course the PhD students are assigned to submit essay (up to 1000 words) related to the course themes . An essay is an independent written work on a topic proposed by the PhD student and agreed with the instructor. The purpose of the essay is to develop the skills of independent creative thinking and written expression of one's own thoughts. Writing an essay is extremely useful, as it allows the author to learn how to formulate thoughts clearly and competently, structure information, use the main categories of analysis, highlight cause-effect relationships, illustrate concepts with appropriate examples, argue his conclusions, and master the scientific style of speech.
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Class engagement + 0.2 * Class engagement + 0.3 * Essay + 0.3 * Exam


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Naroff, J. L. (2014). Big Picture Economics : How to Navigate the New Global Economy. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=746947
  • Robert A. Margo. (2017). The Integration of Economic History into Economics. NBER Working Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.nbr.nberwo.23538

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bayly, C. A. (DE-588)129798851, (DE-576)164653333. (2008). Indigenous and colonial origins of comparative economic development : the case of colonial India and Africa / C. A. Bayly. Washington, D.C: The World Bank, Development Research Group. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.389604178
  • Dittmar, J. E. (2011). Information Technology and Economic Change: The Impact of The Printing Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.E9F731BB
  • Gille, Z. (2007). From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History : The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=221407
  • Hanson, P. (2014). The Rise and Fall of the The Soviet Economy : An Economic History of the USSR 1945 - 1991. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=846892