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Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of Essays

Project 2001: Significant Works in Economic History Alexander Gerschenkron, Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of Essays. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1962. 456 pp. Review Essay by Albert Fishlow, International Affairs, Columbia University. Alexander Gerschenkron: A Latecomer Who Emerged Victorious Alexander Gerschenkron and his ideas have had, like excellent wine, […]

Routledge Handbook of the History of Global Economic Thought

Published by EH.Net (October 2018) Vincent Barnett, editor, Routledge Handbook of the History of Global Economic Thought. London: Routledge, 2015. ix + 348 pp. $255 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-415-50849-0. Reviewed by Charles R. McCann, Jr., Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh. This volume, viewed by the editor as a Cosmoconomy or Economographia, is but a “modest […]

Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development

Published by EH.Net (March 2017) Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman, editors, Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.  viii + 406 pp. $40 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-8122-4841-8. Reviewed for EH.Net by Gavin Wright, Department of Economics, Stanford University. In case any economic historian has been asleep or on […]

The Economic History of Mexico

The Economic History of Mexico Richard Salvucci, Trinity University   Preface[1] This article is a brief interpretive survey of some of the major features of the economic history of Mexico from pre-conquest to the present. I begin with the pre-capitalist economy of Mesoamerica. The colonial period is divided into the Habsburg and Bourbon regimes, although […]

Economic History Association Prizes and Awards

The EHA recognizes excellence in research, publication, and teaching of economic history by awarding several annual and biennial prizes at the President’s Awards Banquet during the annual meetings. Each fall the Announcements page on this web site and the EHA newsletter include Calls for Nominations and submission information. Dissertation Awards Dissertations chosen for presentation at […]

Education and Economic Growth in Historical Perspective

David Mitch, University of Maryland Baltimore County In his introduction to the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1776, p. 1) states that the proportion between the annual produce of a nation and the number of people who are to consume that produce depends on “the skill, dexterity, and judgment with which its labour is generally […]

Distant Tyranny: Markets, Power, and Backwardness in Spain, 1650-1800

Published by EH.Net (September 2012) Regina Grafe, Distant Tyranny: Markets, Power, and Backwardness in Spain, 1650-1800. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012. xvii + 291 pp. $39.50 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-691-14484-9. Reviewed for EH.Net by Mauricio Drelichman, Department of Economics, University of British Columbia. Spain has long been a thorn in the side of economic historians. […]

Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850

Published by EH.Net (January 2012) Prasannan Parthasarathi, Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 365 pp. $30 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0-521-16824-3. Reviewed for EH.Net by Joel Mokyr, Departments of Economics and History, Northwestern University. The year 2011 was? a banner year for ambitious books that explain […]

Slavery and American Economic Development

Published by EH.NET (May 2007) Gavin Wright, Slavery and American Economic Development. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2006. x + 162 pp. $25 (cloth), ISBN: 0-8071-3183-0. Reviewed for EH.NET by Jeremy Atack, Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University. My mother always told me that “good things come in small packages.” This slender volume, which […]

Russia’s Economic Transitions: From Late Tsarism to the New Millennium

Published by EH.NET (March 2005) Nicolas Spulber, Russia’s Economic Transitions: From Late Tsarism to the New Millennium. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xxiv + 420 pp. $80 (hardcover), ISBN: 0-521-81699-8. Reviewed for EH.NET by Carol Leonard, Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford University. This is a lucid and richly detailed history of Russia’s transformation in the tsarist, […]