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The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History

Published by EH.Net (February 2017) Tonio Andrade, The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016. ix + 432 pp. $40 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-691-13597-7. Reviewed for EH.Net by Jari Eloranta, Department of History, Appalachian State University. The Gunpowder Age is a new elaborate volume […]

Military Spending Patterns in History

Jari Eloranta, Appalachian State University Introduction Determining adequate levels of military spending and sustaining the burden of conflicts have been among key fiscal problems in history. Ancient societies were usually less complicated in terms of the administrative, fiscal, technological, and material demands of warfare. The most pressing problem was frequently the adequate maintenance of supply […]

The Economic Consequences of U.S. Mobilization for the Second World War

Published by EH.Net (April 2023). Alexander J. Field. The Economic Consequences of U.S. Mobilization for the Second World War. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2022. 472 pp. $45 (hardcover). ISBN: 978-0300251029. Reviewed for EH.Net by Jari Eloranta, University of Helsinki.   Alexander Field’s new book is a broad analysis of several important themes pertaining to […]

Small and Medium Powers in Global History: Trade, Conflicts, and Neutrality from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries

Published by EH.Net (April 2020) Jari Eloranta, Eric Golson, Peter Hedberg, and Maria Cristina Moreira, editors, Small and Medium Powers in Global History: Trade, Conflicts, and Neutrality from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries. London: Routledge, 2018. x + 240 pp. $124 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-138-74454-7. Reviewed for EH.Net by Tobias Straumann, Department of History, University […]

Paying for Hitler’s War: The Consequences of Nazi Hegemony for Europe

Published by EH.Net (October 2016) Jonas Scherner and Eugene N. White, editors, Paying for Hitler’s War: The Consequences of Nazi Hegemony for Europe. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2016.  viii + 468 pp. $120 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-107-04970-3. Reviewed for EH.Net by Mark Harrison, Department of Economics, University of Warwick Paying for Hitler’s War is the […]

Why Did Europe Conquer the World?

Published by EH.Net (April 2016) Philip T. Hoffman, Why Did Europe Conquer the World? Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. vii + 272 pp. $30 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-691-13970-8. Reviewed for EH.Net by Jari Eloranta, Department of History, Appalachian State University. Philip Hoffman, Professor of History and Business Economics at California Tech and recent president of the […]

Comparing Post-War Japanese and Finnish Economies and Societies: Longitudinal Perspectives

Published by EH.Net (September 2015) Yasushi Tanaka, Toshiaki Tamaki, Jari Ojala, and Jari Eloranta, editors, Comparing Post-War Japanese and Finnish Economies and Societies: Longitudinal Perspectives. London: Routledge, 2015. xxii + 253 pp. $168 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-415-65620-7. Reviewed for EH.Net by Sakari Heikkinen, Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki. Japan and Finland are […]

Anticipating The Wealth of Nations: The Selected Works of Anders Chydenius (1729-1803)

Published by EH.Net (November 2012) Maren Jonasson and Pertti Hyttinen, editors, Anticipating The Wealth of Nations: The Selected Works of Anders Chydenius (1729-1803). Translated from the original by Peter C. Hogg. London: Routledge, 2012. xxv + 382 pp. $130 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-415-55133-5. Reviewed for EH.Net by Jari Eloranta, Department of History, Appalachian State University. ?Freedom […]

How Countries Compete: Strategy, Structure, and Government in the Global Economy

Published by EH.NET (August 2007) Richard H. K. Vietor, How Countries Compete: Strategy, Structure, and Government in the Global Economy. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2007. vi + 308 pp. $35 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-4221-1035-5. Reviewed for EH.NET by Jari Eloranta, Department of History, Appalachian State University. Richard Vietor, a prominent Harvard scholar who is comfortable […]

The Road to Prosperity: An Economic History of Finland

Published by EH.NET (June 2007) Jari Ojala, Jari Eloranta and Jukka Jalava, editors, The Road to Prosperity: An Economic History of Finland. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 2006. 343 pp. 43 Euro (cloth), ISBN: 951-746-818-0. Reviewed for EH.NET by Lars Fredrik Andersson, Department of Economic History, Ume? University. Just more than a century ago, Finland was […]