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No Return: Jews, Christian Usurers, and the Spread of Mass Expulsion in Medieval Europe

Published by EH.Net (October 2023). Rowan Dorin. No Return: Jews, Christian Usurers, and the Spread of Mass Expulsion in Medieval Europe. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2023. 374 pp. $49.95 (hardback), ISBN: 978-0691249823. Reviewed for EH.Net by Jamin Andreas Hübner, LCC International University and University of the People.   In No Return, historian Rowan Dorin wants […]

Colonialism: A Global History

Published by EH.Net (October 2023). Lorenzo Veracini. Colonialism: A Global History. London: Routledge, 2023. 217 pp. $38 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0367506384. Reviewed for EH.Net by Jamin Andreas Hübner, LCC International University and University of the People.   The last several decades of economic history have had to grapple with the often dark and horrifying five-hundred-year period […]

Making a Modern Central Bank: The Bank of England 1979-2003

Published by EH.Net (October 2023). Harold James. Making a Modern Central Bank: The Bank of England 1979-2003. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Studies in Macroeconomic History), 2020. xxiii + 543 pp. £31.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-1108799492. Reviewed for EH.Net by John Singleton, Sheffield Hallam University.   Harold James’s Making a Modern Central Bank is the latest in […]

The Chile Project: The Story of the Chicago Boys and the Downfall of Neoliberalism

Published by EH.Net (October 2023). Sebastian Edwards. The Chile Project: The Story of the Chicago Boys and the Downfall of Neoliberalism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2023. 376 pp. $32 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0691208626. Reviewed for EH.Net by Andrew Zimbalist, Smith College.   The Chile Project is replete with interesting storylines, but the central theme that runs […]

Isle of Devils, Isle of Saints: An Atlantic History of Bermuda, 1609-1684

Published by EH.Net (October 2023). Michael J. Jarvis. Isle of Devils, Isle of Saints: An Atlantic History of Bermuda, 1609-1684. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022. xiii + 464 pp. $65 (hardback), ISBN 978-1421443607. Reviewed for EH.Net by Virginia Bernhard, University of St. Thomas, Houston.   Bermuda is a mere dot in the Atlantic Ocean, […]

The Economy of Promises: Trust, Power, and Credit in America

Published by EH.Net (September 2023). Bruce Carruthers. The Economy of Promises: Trust, Power, and Credit in America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2022. 408 pp. $35 (hardback), ISBN 978-0691235387. Reviewed for EH.Net by Bradley A. Hansen, University of Mary Washington.   In The Economy of Promises: Trust, Power, and Credit in America Bruce Carruthers sets out […]

A Fabulous Failure: The Clinton Presidency and the Transformation of American Capitalism

Published by EH.Net (September 2023). Nelson Lichtenstein and Judith Stein. A Fabulous Failure: The Clinton Presidency and the Transformation of American Capitalism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2023. 525 pp. $39.95 (hardback), ISBN 978-0691245508. Reviewed for EH.Net by James K. Galbraith, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin.   This […]

Adam Smith’s America: How a Scottish Philosopher Became an Icon of American Capitalism

Published by EH.Net (September 2023). Glory M. Liu. Adam Smith’s America: How a Scottish Philosopher Became an Icon of American Capitalism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2022. xxxii + 346 pp. $35 (hardback), ISBN 978-0691203812. Reviewed for EH.Net by Lanny Ebenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara.   Glory Liu’s Adam Smith’s America has been decidedly praised, […]

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 […]