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EC224: War & Economy in the Twentieth Century

  • Mark Harrison

    Module Leader
15 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

To familiarise students who have already acquired Honours-level competence in economic analysis with the economic background and experience of two World Wars and the Cold War, particularly in Europe and North America, and with some applications of economics that have been specific to defence and warfare in the twentieth century.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate general knowledge and understanding of the economic background and experience of two World Wars and the Cold War, particularly in Europe, North America, and the Near East; demonstrate familiarity with some applications of economics that have been specific to defence and warfare in the twentieth century.

Syllabus

The module will typically cover the following topics:

Introduction: Simple applications of economics to military organisation and conflict.

World War I: Economic background and origins of the conflict (including those lying in the preceding era of globalization and colonization); the economic policies used to wage the war; the costs and results of the war.

World War II: Economic background and origins of the conflict (including those left unresolved by World War I); the economic policies used to wage war; the costs and results of the war. The political economy of food security and military occupation. Alliances and burden sharing.

The Cold War: Economic background and origins of the conflict (including those inherited from the era of the World Wars); the economic policies used to support the Cold War; the costs and results of the war. More on alliances and burden sharing. The economics of defence procurement and military industrial lobbies.

Context

Optional Module
LM1D (LLD2) - Year 2, LM1D (LLD2) - Year 3, V7ML - Year 2, V7ML - Year 3, LA99 - Year 2, LA99 - Year 3, L100 - Year 2, L1L8 - Year 2, L1L8 - Year 3, R9L1 - Year 4, R3L4 - Year 4, R4L1 - Year 4, R2L4 - Year 4, R1L4 - Year 4, V7MM - Year 4, V7MP - Year 2, V7MP - Year 3, L1P5 - Year 1, L1PA - Year 1, V7MR - Year 2, V7MR - Year 3, LM1H - Year 4
Pre or Co-requisites
EC107 or EC108 + EC109
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Available in the Spring term only (1 x 2000 word essay – 12 CATS)

Assessment

Assessment Method
Coursework (20%) + 2 hour exam (80%)
Coursework Details
One 2000-word essay
Exam Timing
May/June

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 hours.

Answer the ONE question in Section A (30 marks). Answer ONE question from Section B (70 marks).

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book. If you answer more questions than are required and do not indicate which answers should be ignored, we will mark the requisite number of answers in the order in which they appear in the answer book(s). Answers beyond that number will not be considered.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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