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Each month during 2000, EH.NET published a review essay on a significant work in twentieth-century economic history. The purpose of these essays was to survey the works that have had the most influence on the field of economic history and to highlight the intellectual accomplishments of twentieth-century economic historians. Each review essay outlines the work's argument and findings, discusses the author's methods and sources, and examines the impact that the work has had since its publication.
Nominations were received from dozens of EH.Net's users. P2K selection committee members were: Stanley Engerman (University of Rochester), Alan Heston (University of Pennsylvania), Paul Hohenberg, chair (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), and Mary Yeager (University of California-Los Angeles). Project Chair was Robert Whaples (Wake Forest University).
The review essays are:
Braudel, Fernand Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century Time. Reviewed by Alan Heston (University of Pennsylvania).
Chandler, Alfred D. Jr. The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business. Reviewed by David S. Landes (Department of Economics and History, Harvard University).
Chaudhuri, K. N. The Trading World of Asia and the English East India Company, 1660-1760. Reviewed by Santhi Hejeebu.
Davis, Lance E. and North, Douglass C. (with the assistance of Calla Smorodin) Institutional Change and American Economic Growth. Reviewed by Cynthia Taft Morris (Department of Economics, Smith College and American University).
Fogel, Robert W. Railroads and American Economic Growth: Essays in Econometric History. Reviewed by Lance Davis (California Institute of Technology).
Friedman, Milton and Schwartz, Anna Jacobson A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960. Reviewed by Hugh Rockoff (Rutgers University).
Heckscher, Eli F. Mercantilism. Reviewed by John J. McCusker (Departments of History and Economics, Trinity University).
Landes, David S. The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and Industrial Development in Western Europe from 1750 to the Present. Reviewed by Paul M. Hohenberg (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).
Pinchbeck, Ivy Women Workers and the Industrial Revolution, 1750-1850. Reviewed by Joyce Burnette (Wabash College).
Polanyi, Karl The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. Reviewed by Anne Mayhew (University of Tennessee).
Schumpeter, Joseph A. Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. Reviewed by Thomas K. McCraw (Harvard Business School).
Weber, Max The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Reviewed by Stanley Engerman.
Throughout 2001 and 2002, EH.Net published a second series of review essays on important and influential works in economic history. As with Project 2000, nominations for Project 2001 were received from many EH.Net users and reviewed by the Selection Committee: Lee Craig (North Carolina State University); Giovanni Federico (University of Pisa); Anne McCants (MIT); Marvin McInnis (Queen's University); Albrecht Ritschl (University of Zurich); Winifred Rothenberg (Tufts University); and Richard Salvucci (Trinity College).
Project 2001 selections were:
Borah, Woodrow Wilson New Spain's Century of Depression. Reviewed by Richard Salvucci (Department of Economics, Trinity University).
Boserup, Ester Conditions of Agricultural Growth: The Economics of Agrarian Change under Population Pressure. Reviewed by Giovanni Federico (Department of Modern History, University of Pisa).
Deane, Phyllis and W. A. Cole British Economic Growth, 1688-1959: Trends and Structure. Reviewed by Knick Harley (Department of Economics, University of Western Ontario).
Fogel, Robert and Stanley Engerman, Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery. Reviewed by Thomas Weiss (Department of Economics, University of Kansas).
Gerschenkron, Alexander Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective. Review Essay by Albert Fishlow (International Affairs, Columbia University).
Horwitz, Morton The Transformation of American Law. Reviewed by Winifred B. Rothenberg (Department of Economics, Tufts University).
Kuznets, Simon Modern Economic Growth: Rate, Structure and Spread. Reviewed by Richard A. Easterlin (Department of Economics, University of Southern California).
Le Roy Ladurie, Emmanuel The Peasants of Languedoc. Reviewed by Anne E.C. McCants (Department of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
North, Douglass and Robert Paul Thomas, The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History. Reviewed by Philip R. P. Coelho (Department of Economics, Ball State University).
de Vries, Jan The Economy of Europe in an Age of Crisis, 1600-1750. Review Essay by George Grantham (Department of Economics, McGill University).
Temin, Peter The Jacksonian Economy. Reviewed by Richard Sylla (Department of Economics, Stern School of Business, New York University).
Wrigley, E. A. and R. S. Schofield, The Population History of England, 1541-1871: A Reconstruction
Project Coordinator and Editor: Robert Whaples (Wake Forest University)