This is a course on international economic history, with two objectives. First, it aims to introduce students to key recent debates in economic history. Second, it aims to get them thinking about the relative merits of books and articles as means of scholarly communication. When are books necessary, and when would an article have sufficed? This course aims to provide a broad perspective on the status of the discipline, research trends and opportunities and will cover topics such as the role of networks in history, financial crises, political economy and globalization. Classes will be structured around a collection of recently published books in economic history, occasionally accompanied by two or three articles. In the manner of a book club, students will be responsible for leading the discussion on at least one book in the syllabus.