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Fall 2017-2018
HIS 508   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Readings in Modern American Political Economy

Meg Jacobs

The goal of the course is to familiarize students with the big questions of American political economy in the 20th century and how scholars have thought about them over the last half-century or so. We read a combination of classic and new works that explore the relationship between business and government in the modern era. Along with the list of books below, we also read seminal articles that helped to define new fields, raise new questions, or synthesize the literature.

Sample reading list:
Kim Phillips Fien, Capital Gains: Business and Politics in 20th c. America
Morton Keller, Affairs of State
David Montgomery, The Fall of the House of Labor
Ellis Hawley, The New Deal and the Problem of Monopoly
Jefferson Cowie, Capital Moves
Judith Stein, Pivotal Decade
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 40%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
This course is suitable for early graduate students, those who are preparing for comprehensive exams, and those who are conceiving of possible dissertation topics. Students from all subfields as well as other disciplines are welcome..

Other information:
This course is aimed at graduate students in History and other related disciplines who are interested in questions of regulation, capitalism, the growth of government, labor, trade, etc. It builds on interest in political history and in the history of capitalism, both of which are subjects of interest among emerging graduate students.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23428 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:5 Limit:12