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New Spain’s Century of Depression

Project 2001: Significant Works in Economic HistoryWoodrow Wilson Borah, New Spain’s Century of Depression. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1951. 58 pp.Review Essay by Richard Salvucci, Department of Economics, Trinity University. An Obscure Century in a Backward Country: Woodrow Borah and New Spain’s Century of Depression In 1938, the English novelist Graham Greene traveled to […]

Apogee of Empire: Spain and New Spain in the Age of Charles III, 1759-1789

Published by EH.NET (April 2004) Stanley J. Stein and Barbara H. Stein, Apogee of Empire: Spain and New Spain in the Age of Charles III, 1759-1789. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. xiv + 464 pp. $52 (cloth), ISBN: 0-8018-7339-8. Reviewed for EH.NET by David Ringrose, Department of History, University of California – San Diego. […]

Project 2000/2001

Project 2000 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 […]

Why Democracy Failed. The Agrarian Origins of the Spanish Civil War

Published by EH.Net (October 2022). James Simpson and Juan Carmona. Why Democracy Failed. The Agrarian Origins of the Spanish Civil War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020. xviii + 299 pp. $30 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-108-72038-0. Reviewed for EH.Net by Sergio Riesco, Department of Contemporary History, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, Spain).   Throughout the 20th century, […]

Path Dependence

Douglas Puffert, University of Warwick Path dependence is the dependence of economic outcomes on the path of previous outcomes, rather than simply on current conditions. In a path dependent process, “history matters” — it has an enduring influence. Choices made on the basis of transitory conditions can persist long after those conditions change. Thus, explanations […]

Encumbered Cuba: Capital Markets and Revolt, 1878-1895

Published by EH.NET (June 2003) Susan J. Fern?ndez, Encumbered Cuba: Capital Markets and Revolt, 1878-1895. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002. xii + 203 pp. $59.95 (hardcover), ISBN: 0-8130-2564-8. Reviewed for EH.NET by Linda K. Salvucci, Department of History, Trinity University. Encumbered Cuba is a timely addition to the recent spate of historical works commemorating […]

The Origins of Commercial Banking in America, 1750-1800

Published by EH.NET (November 2001) Robert E. Wright, The Origins of Commercial Banking in America, 1750-1800. London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001. xii + 219 pp. $65 (cloth), ISBN: 0-7425-2086-2; $24.95 (paperback), ISBN: 0-7425-2087-0. Reviewed for EH.NET by Edwin J. Perkins, Professor of History, emeritus, University of Southern California. Robert Wright has […]

Monetary Standards in the Periphery: Paper, Silver and Gold, 1854-1933

Published by EH.NET (September 2000) Pablo Martin Acena and Jaime Reis, editors, Monetary Standards in the Periphery: Paper, Silver and Gold, 1854-1933. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000. x + 264 pp. $75 (cloth), ISBN: 0-312-22677-2. Reviewed for EH.NET by Angela Redish, Department of Economics, University of British Columbia and Bank of Canada. The classical […]