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Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery

Project 2001: Significant Works in Economic History Robert William Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman, Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1974. xviii + 286 pp. Review Essay by Thomas Weiss, Department of Economics, University of Kansas. “It takes a licking, but keeps on ticking.” John Cameron […]

Understanding the Private-Public Divide: Markets, Governments, and Time Horizons

Published by EH.Net (December 2022). Avner Offer. Understanding the Private-Public Divide: Markets, Governments, and Time Horizons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. xiv + 227 pp. £19.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-1108791663. Reviewed for EH.Net by Martin Chick, University of Edinburgh.   This book has its origins in the Ellen MacArthur Lectures which Avner Offer gave in Cambridge […]

The Gypsy Economist: The Life and Times of Colin Clark

Published by EH.Net (April 2022). Alex Millmow. The Gypsy Economist: The Life and Times of Colin Clark. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2021. xx + 396 pp. $119.99 (hardback), ISBN: 978-981-33-6945-0. Reviewed for EH.Net by Adrian Darnell, Retired Professor of Economics, Durham University.   Colin Grant Clark was born in 1905; he was educated at Winchester […]

Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian

Published by EH.Net (November 2019) James Grant, Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian. New York: W.W. Norton, 2019. xxxi + 318 pp. $29 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-393-6091-6. Reviewed for EH.Net by Perry Mehrling, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University.   James Grant views Bagehot (1826-1877) fundamentally as a financial journalist, indeed a […]

Central Banks at a Crossroads: What Can We Learn from History?

Published by EH.Net (July 2018) Michael D. Bordo, Øyvind Eitrheim, Marc Flandreau and Jan F. Qvigstad, editors, Central Banks at a Crossroads: What Can We Learn from History? New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. xix + 697 pages. $155 (hardback), ISBN: 978-1-107-14966-3. Reviewed for EH.Net by Gary Richardson, Department of Economics, University of California – […]

Economy of England at the Time of the Norman Conquest

John McDonald, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia The Domesday Survey of 1086 provides high quality and detailed information on the inputs, outputs and tax assessments of most English estates. This article describes how the data have been used to reconstruct the eleventh-century Domesday economy. By exploiting modern economic theory and statistical methods the reconstruction has led […]

Europe and the Maritime World: A Twentieth Century History

Published by EH.Net (June 2013) Michael B. Miller, Europe and the Maritime World: A Twentieth Century History. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. xvi + 435 pp. $99 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-107-02455-7. Reviewed for EH.Net by Richard Sicotte, Department of Economics, University of Vermont. In Europe and the Maritime World, Michael Miller describes the process of […]

On Trans-Saharan Trails: Islamic Law, Trade Networks, and Cross-Cultural Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Western Africa

Published by EH.NET (February 2011) Ghislaine Lydon, On Trans-Saharan Trails: Islamic Law, Trade Networks, and Cross-Cultural Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Western Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xxviii + 468 pp. $95 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-521-88724-3. Reviewed for EH.Net by Yacine Daddi Addoun, Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, York […]

Tracks Across Continents, Paths through History: The Economic Dynamics of Standardization in Railway Gauge

Published by EH.NET (October 2010) Douglas J. Puffert, Tracks Across Continents, Paths through History: The Economic Dynamics of Standardization in Railway Gauge. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2009. xii + 360 pp.? ISBN-13: 978-0-226-68509-0, ISBN-10:0-226-68509-8. Reviewed for EH.NET by Dan Bogart, Department of Economics, University of California, Irvine. Debates about the significance of path dependence have […]

The Invention of Enterprise: Entrepreneurship from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern Times

Published by EH.NET (May 2010) David S. Landes, Joel Mokyr and William J. Baumol , editors, The Invention of Enterprise: Entrepreneurship from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern Times. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010. xv + 566 pp. $49.50 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-691-14370-5. Reviewed for EH.NET by Mansel G. Blackford, Department of History, Ohio State University. ? The […]