14. Course unit: History of Economy of Central European Countries

Nr. of credits: 5

Course type: lecture, Nr. in the semester: 60

Commitment: examination mark

Place of course in the curriculum: 2nd semester

Preliminary study terms:

Course description:

The course is designed to familiarize students with the social and economic changes Central Europe underwent in the 20th century and beyond. The main topics are the following: comparative approaches to history of economy; population; family; social inequalities and social mobility; social policy; economy and living standard; work, leisure and consumption; politics and society; urbanization; and aspects of culture (identity, norms and values). The course would like to offer a broad overview of the most important economic changes in the region with special attention to topics as follows: the existence of „premature welfare states” during communism; economic processes in late communist societies; the presence of materialist and post-materialist values in post-war Central European countries; Similarities and difference in between the economic processes of Western and East-European countries.

3–5 most important obligatory and recommended literature (books, textbooks) with the bibliographical data:

– Obligatory:

Berend, I. – Ránki, Gy.: Economic Development in East-Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries. New York: Columbia University Press, 1974.

Johnson, P. M.: Redesigning the Communist Economy: The Politics of Economic Reform in Eastern Europe. Boudler, Co.: East European Monographs, 1989.

Good, D. F.: Economic Transformation in Central Europe: the View from History. 1992. Online: http://www.cas.umn.edu/assets/pdf/WP921.PDF

Campbell, R. W. The Socialist Economies in Transition. Bloomington In., Indiana University Press, 1991.

Ránki, Gy. – Tomaszewski, J.: The Economic History of Eastern Europe, 1919–1975. Vol. II. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1986.


– Recommmended:

Campbell, R. W. The Socialist Economies in Transition. Bloomington In., Indiana University Press, 1991.

Chirot, D. (ed.) The Origins of Backwardness in Eastern Europe: Economics and Politics from the Middle Ages Until the Early Twentieth Century. Berkeley and London,k University of California Press, 1989.

Clark, G.: A Farewell to Alms: a Brief Economic History of the World. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2007.

Course director: Dr. Havasi, Virág Senior Lecturer, PhD

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