This seminar covers the major issues in the economic history of the Middle East: the “great divergence” between the Middle East and Europe over the second millennium, the transformation of the regional economies after the industrial revolution in the 19th century, the planning and Arab socialism during the decolonization of the 20th century, the oil economies and rentier states and finally the economics of the Arab Spring. It aims to combine historical scholarship with the most recent research in economics/economic history. It draws comparisons with other parts of the world throughout, reconsidering the history of the region as a part of the global history.
The seminar is open to Economics, History and Political science students. But priority will be given to Economics students. Each student is required to make a presentation on a weekly topic selected from the course syllabus. The final grade will be solely based on the term paper to be submitted until the end of August.
Max. 20 participants.
Application: Via E-mail to Ulas Karakoc: firstname.lastname@example.org before April 10, 2017.
The following books give an overview of the economic development in the region over the 19-20th centuries and they will be read in tandem with additional articles and book chapters to be provided for each week.
- Issawi, Charles (1982). An Economic History of the Middle East and North Africa, New York: Columbia University Press.
- Owen, Roger and Sevket Pamuk (1998). A History of the Middle East Economies in the Twentieth Century, London: I.B. Tauris and Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP.
- Richards, Alan et.al (2013). A Political Economy of the Middle East, Westview Press, 3rd
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