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The Cambridge Economic History of China: Volume II

Published by EH.Net (January 2023). Debin Ma and Richard Von Glahn, eds. The Cambridge Economic History of China: Volume II. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. 845 pp. $155 (hardback), ISBN: 978-1108425537. Reviewed by Jamin Andreas Hübner, LCC International University and University of the People.   The second volume of The Cambridge Economic History of China […]

Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century

Published by EH.Net (December 2022). J. Bradford DeLong. Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century. New York: Basic Books, 2022. 605 pp. $35 (hardback), ISBN 978-0465019595. Reviewed for EH.Net by Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University.   The twentieth century was like no other. That statement, of course, is true for any century, but […]

Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World

Published by EH.Net (August 2022). Scott Reynolds Nelson. Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World. New York: Basic Books, 2022. 368 pp. $32 (hardback), ISBN 978-1541646469. Reviewed for EH.Net by Paul Sharp, University of Southern Denmark, CAGE, CEPR   The title of this book is somewhat misleading. When I received it for review, […]

How the World Became Rich: The Historical Origins of Economic Growth

Published by EH.Net (July 2022). Mark Koyama and Jared Rubin. How the World Became Rich: The Historical Origins of Economic Growth. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. x + 259 pp. $24.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1509540235. Reviewed for EH.Net by Joel Mokyr, Departments of Economics and History, Northwestern University.   Full disclosure: this reviewer’s name appears on the […]

2022 EHA Meeting Program

82nd Annual Economic History Association Meeting September 16-18, 2022 Hidden Figures Radisson La Crosse – La Crosse, Wisconsin Program Overview NOTE: Program is subject to change! CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL PDF PROGRAM Thursday, September 15, 2022 9:30pm: Ghost Tour of La Crosse Friday, September 16, 2021 10am-12:30pm: Tours 8am-12pm: EHA Board of Trustees Meeting […]

The Economy of Medieval Wales, 1067-1536

Published by EH.NET (January 2022). Matthew Frank Stevens. The Economy of Medieval Wales, 1067-1536. University of Wales Press, 2019. xiv + 149 pp. £24.99 (paperback). ISBN 978-1786834843. Reviewed for EH.Net by Joyce Burnette, Department of Economics, Wabash College.   This is a book of economic history. We don’t learn about politics or individual people; we […]

World War II and Southeast Asia: Economy and Society under Japanese Occupation

Published by EH.Net (September 2021) Gregg Huff, World War II and Southeast Asia: Economy and Society under Japanese Occupation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.  xxx + 523 pp. £90 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-107-09933-3. Reviewed for EH.Net by Howard Dick, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne.   Notwithstanding a library of books on the military […]

How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom

Published by EH.Net (August 2020) Matt Ridley, How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom. New York: Harper Collins, 2020. 406 pp. $30 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-06-291659-4. Reviewed for EH.Net by Philip Coelho, Department of Economics, Ball State University.     Matt Ridley, the author of The Rational Optimist, has written another excellent book; he […]

The Economics of the Second World War: Seventy-Five Years On

Published by EH.Net (August 2020) Stephen Broadberry and Mark Harrison, editors, The Economics of the Second World War: Seventy-Five Years On. London: CEPR Press, 2020. vii + 122 pp. free ebook, ISBN: 978-1-912179-31-2. Reviewed for EH.Net by Aaro Sahari, Department of Philosophy, History and Arts, University of Helsinki.   The Economics of the Second World […]