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Banking on Slavery: Financing Southern Expansion in the Antebellum United States

Published by EH.Net (September 2023). Sharon Ann Murphy. Banking on Slavery: Financing Southern Expansion in the Antebellum United States. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2023. 419 pp. $105 (hardback), ISBN 978-0226824598. Reviewed for EH.Net by Jenny Bourne, Carleton College.   In 2005, JP Morgan Chase made history by apologizing for its involvement in Southern slavery […]

Unequal Cities: Overcoming Anti-Urban Bias to Reduce Inequality

Published by EH.Net (September 2023). Richard McGahey. Unequal Cities: Overcoming Anti-Urban Bias to Reduce Inequality. New York: Columbia University Press, 2023. ix + 197 pp. $35 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0231173346. Reviewed for EH.Net by Rowena Gray, Department of Economics, University of California, Merced.   This is a timely book, providing historical and institutional context to urban […]

Secret Leviathan: Secrecy and State Capacity under Soviet Communism

Published by EH.Net (September 2023). Mark Harrison. Secret Leviathan: Secrecy and State Capacity under Soviet Communism. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution and Stanford University, 2023. xxv + 341 pp. $65 (hardback), ISBN 978-1503628892. Reviewed for EH.Net by Anders Åslund, Georgetown University.   Mark Harrison, now Emeritus Professor of Economics of the University of Warwick, has devoted […]

Colonial Ports, Global Trade, and the Roots of the American Revolution, 1700–1776

Published by EH.Net (September 2023). Jeremy Land. Colonial Ports, Global Trade, and the Roots of the American Revolution, 1700–1776. Leiden: Brill, 2023. xiv + 239 pp. $134 (hardback), ISBN 978-9004542693. Reviewed for EH.Net by Benjamin L. Carp, Department of History, Brooklyn College.   Most students of the American Revolution have a sense that the northern […]

The Continental Dollar: How the American Revolution Was Financed with Paper Money

Published by EH.Net (August 2023). Farley Grubb. The Continental Dollar: How the American Revolution Was Financed with Paper Money. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2023. 296 pp. $65 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0226826035. Reviewed for EH.Net by Hugh Rockoff, Department of Economics, Rutgers University.   Farley Grubb has written a splendid book that explains a great […]

Are We Rich Yet? The Rise of Mass Investment Culture in Contemporary Britain

Published by EH.Net (August 2023). Amy Edwards. Are We Rich Yet? The Rise of Mass Investment Culture in Contemporary Britain. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2022. 384 pp. $29.95 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0520385467. Reviewed for EH.Net by Janette Rutterford, Professor Emerita of Finance and Financial History, The Open University.   Much has been written on the […]

Toward Cherokee Removal: Land, Violence, and the White Man’s Chance

Published by EH.Net (August 2023). Adam J. Pratt. Toward Cherokee Removal: Land, Violence, and the White Man’s Chance. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2022. xii + 221 pp. $32.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-0820362649. Reviewed for EH.Net by David M. Wishart, Professor of Economics Emeritus, Wittenberg University.   Adam J. Pratt’s book Toward Cherokee Removal is […]

The Federal Reserve: A New History

Published by EH.Net (August 2023). Robert Hetzel. The Federal Reserve: A New History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2023. 696 pp. $45 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0226821658. Reviewed for EH.Net by Michael D Bordo, Rutgers University.   Robert Hetzel has written an ambitious history of Federal Reserve monetary policy since the establishment of the Federal Reserve System […]

Easy Money: American Puritans and the Invention of Modern Currency

Published by EH.Net (August 2023). Dror Goldberg. Easy Money: American Puritans and the Invention of Modern Currency. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2023. xi + 346 pp. $55 (hardback), ISBN 978-0226825106. Reviewed for EH.Net by Jane Knodell, University of Vermont.   This book is the culmination of Dror Goldberg’s research into the bills of […]

The Postwar Economic Order: National Reconstruction and International Cooperation

Published by EH.Net (August 2023). Albert O. Hirschman. The Postwar Economic Order: National Reconstruction and International Cooperation. Edited by Michele Alacevich and Pier Francesco Asso. New York: Columbia University Press, 2023. viii + 342 pp. $30.00 (paperback), ISBN 978-0231200592. Reviewed for EH.Net by Richard Pomfret, Adjunct Professor of International Economics at Johns Hopkins University SAIS […]