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Pioneers of Capitalism: The Netherlands, 1000-1800

Published by EH.Net (July 2023). Maarten Prak and Jan Luiten van Zanden. Pioneers of Capitalism: The Netherlands, 1000-1800. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2023. ix + 261 pp. $39.95 (hardback), ISBN 978-0691229874. Reviewed by Anne EC McCants, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   This is a gem of a book about the long early history of a […]

The Backbone of Europe: Health, Diet, Work, and Violence over Two Millennia

Published by EH.Net (July 2023) Steckel, Richard H.; Larsen, Clark Spencer; Roberts, Charlotte A.; Baten, Jörg (eds.). The Backbone of Europe: Health, Diet, Work, and Violence over Two Millennia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 476 pp. £83.99 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1108421959. Reviewed for EH.Net by Kaspar Staub, Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland.   […]

Essays in Economic History: Purchasing Power Parity, Standard of Living, and Monetary Standards

Published by EH.Net (July 2023). Lawrence H. Officer. Essays in Economic History: Purchasing Power Parity, Standard of Living, and Monetary Standards. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. xxvii + 542 pp. $109.99 (hardback), ISBN 978-3030959241. Reviewed for EH.Net by John Devereux, Department of Economics, Queens College, City University of New York.   Lawrence Officer has had […]

C. Vann Woodward: America’s Historian

Published by EH.Net (July 2023). James C. Cobb. C. Vann Woodward: America’s Historian. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2022. 490 pp. $37.50 (hardcover). ISBN978-1469670218. Reviewed for EH.Net by Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.   Any shortlist of the greatest American historians of the twentieth century would include C. Vann Woodward. […]

The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality

Published by EH.Net (June 2023). Oded Galor. The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality. New York: Dutton, 2022. 301 pp. $28 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0593185995. Reviewed for EH.Net by Nicolas L. Ziebarth, Auburn University and NBER.   Oded Galor is not one for understatement. In the introduction he states that the goal of […]

Thinking Like an Economist: How Efficiency Replaced Equality in U.S. Public Policy

Published by EH.Net (June 2023). Elizabeth Popp Berman. Thinking Like an Economist: How Efficiency Replaced Equality in U.S. Public Policy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2022. 344 pp. $35 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0691167381. Reviewed for EH.Net by Daniel Kuehn, The Urban Institute and George Washington University.   Something significant changed in the political economy of the U.S. […]

Bread Winner: An Intimate History of the Victorian Economy

Published by EH.Net (June 2023). Emma Griffin. Bread Winner: An Intimate History of the Victorian Economy. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020. xi + 389 pp. $35 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-300-23006-2. Reviewed for EH.Net by Paul Johnson, University of Western Australia.   The standard of living during Britain’s industrial revolution is one of the most well-worked […]

The Origins and Dynamics of Inequality. Sex, Politics, and Ideology

Published by EH.Net (June 2023). Jon D. Wisman. The Origins and Dynamics of Inequality. Sex, Politics, and Ideology. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2022. x + 528 pp. £25.99 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0197575949. Reviewed for EH.Net by Tirthankar Roy, London School of Economics and Political Science.   Historians studying the world economy have recently […]

An Economic History of the English Garden

Published by EH.Net (April 2023). Roderick Floud. An Economic History of the English Garden. London: Allen Lane (Penguin), 2019. xiii + 399pp. £12.99 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0141981703. Reviewed for EH.NET by Brent Elliott, formerly of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library, London.   Roderick Floud’s book was published four years ago; it has since been issued […]

A Brief History of Equality

Published by EH.Net (April 2023). Thomas Piketty. A Brief History of Equality. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2022. x + 288 pp. $27.95 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0674273559. Reviewed for EH.Net by Michele Alacevich, Alma Mater Studiorum—University of Bologna.   Thomas Piketty’s A Brief History of Equality is at once a response to […]