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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
Book chapter
Medicine on Russian-Language Social Media

Vasilyev P., Karpova Y.

In bk.: The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Bioethics. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2022. Ch. 30. P. 350-360.

Working paper
Language and Cultural Contacts in the Russian-Nordic Borderlands: Change and Continuity

Vlakhov A., Deresh A., Mironova E. et al.

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2021. No. 108.

Global Inequality in Historical Perspective: An Introduction to Global History

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
3, 4 module


Course Syllabus


This course discusses global inequalities via the lens of the history of economics and regional development. It focuses on economic institutions and their interactions with political, societal, technological and environmental changes to answer the following questions: why is the present world unequal? Why are some regions rich while others are not? Will it change in the future? Why some countries take technological and economic lead, some have a great cultural impact on the others, some give tone to ecological policies while others remain “the rest”? Where and when do conditions necessary for intensive development begin to form? Are they naturally developed or artificially created? While discussing scholarly interpretations and approaches to these issues, the course will emphasize the roles of economic institutions understanding them as diverse practices, rules, and interactions as explained by Douglass North. The course is shaped in a series of lectures and seminar discussions, as well as written and project tasks such as brainstorming, analytical questions, group discussions, small oral presentations, and long and short essays. The course is especially designed to give students deep insight into developments of the globe between the 18th and 21st centuries discussing the following themes: the great divergence; culture and economy; the role of technologies and innovations in economic change; periphery and marginality; colonialism; theories of modernity and modernization; world-system approach; socialism, capitalism and hybrid economic types; natural resources and extractive economies. Combining various forms of teaching and learning, the course will boost analytical and research skills of the students.