History of the World Economy

EENI- School of International Business

Syllabus of the Subject: History of the World Economy. Geography of the World


Bachelor's Degree in International Trade

The subject “History of the World Economy” consists of eight units:

Unit 1. Introduction to the History of the World Economy

  1. Key concepts to understand the economy and its evolution

Unit 2. Antiquity

  1. Prehistory
  2. Ancient Age. Ancient Civilisations

Unit 3. The Middle Age

  1. Fall of the Roman Empire
  2. Feudalism
  3. Expansion of Islam
  4. The Non-Western economies

Unit 4. The Modern Age

  1. Age of discovery. Overseas expansion.
  2. Commercial routes
  3. Case study: the Transatlantic slave trade as the first economic system of globalisation
  4. Economic nationalism and imperialism

Unit 5. Contemporary Age

  1. Industrial revolution, spread of industrialisation and economic globalisation in the nineteenth century
  2. The first industrialised countries
  3. Other countries with further industrialisation
  4. Resurgence of the Western imperialism
  5. War, Depression and Deglobalisation, 1914-1950

Unit 6. Reconstruction of the world economy

  1. Growth of the world economy 1950-1973
  2. Decolonisation
  3. World economy since 1973: from the oil crisis to the new globalisation

Unit 7. 21st century

  1. Current global economy
  2. Trends towards regionalism
  3. Current economic blocks

Unit 8. Geography of the World. Profile of the World Countries

  1. African continent
  2. European continent
  3. Asian continent
  4. American continent
  5. Oceania

See also: History of Africa

  1. Methodology and the African Prehistory
  2. Ancient African Civilisations
  3. Africa from the 7th to the 11th century
  4. Africa from the 12th to the 16th Century
  5. Africa from the 16th to the 18th Century
  6. Africa in the 19th century until 1880
  7. Africa under the colonial domination, 1880-1935
  8. Africa since 1935. The Independence of the African Countries

The objectives of the subject “History of the World Economy” are:

  1. To know the evolution of the world economy, its growth, structural changes and internationalisation
  2. To analyse changes in production and distribution, institutions and in the international economic order
  3. To familiarise the student with the world political division
  4. To analyse the states, their location, population, languages and other criteria that help to understand the possibilities of doing business in the global market

Languages of study English or Spanish Historia Económica French Histoire économie Portuguese EENI.

  1. Credits of the subject “History of the World Economy”: 7 ECTS
  2. Duration: seven weeks

Knowledge Area: International Trade.

Sample of the subject: History of the World Economy
Transatlantic African Slave Trade

Description of the Subject - History of the World Economy

To understand the current economic development, it is necessary to analyse how the economy has evolved throughout history. This analysis will allow us to see what problems have existed throughout the history of the world economy, the solutions proposed and the result obtained.

Currently, there are poor, rich, developed, emerging countries, BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), etc. However, they have not always been the same protagonists in the world economy. The situation of the twenty-first century is very different from that of the sixteenth century or that of the fifth century.

Which countries dominated international trade in an earlier era and why now it is others?

How have crises occurred and how has the economy recovered?

To trade, you need to have products and services to trade.

How and where did international trade begin?

Technology has dramatically influenced commerce. From the first exchanges of agricultural products, we have come to trade all over the world all kinds of products and services thanks to information technologies.

However, international trade has not always been easy. There have been governments with open policies while others have established protectionist measures.

History, therefore, allows us to understand how we have arrived at the current situation and perhaps to imagine where we are going.

There are physical and political boundaries in the world. The organisation of the territory of the countries sometimes does not correspond to the real physical limits, and even sometimes influence more than political borders.

Anyone wishing to start in international business must know the political, economic and geographical division of the world.

History of Africa colonial domination

Independence of the African Countries



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