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The First Crash: Lessons from the South Sea Bubble

Published by EH.NET (March 2005) Richard Dale, The First Crash: Lessons from the South Sea Bubble. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004. ix + 198 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN: 0-691-11971-6. Reviewed for EH.NET by Larry Neal, Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Many of us are still licking our wounds from the collapse of […]

Evolving Financial Markets and International Capital Flows: Britain, the Americas, and Australia, 1865-1914

Published by EH.NET (May 2002) Lance E. Davis and Robert E. Gallman, Evolving Financial Markets and International Capital Flows: Britain, the Americas, and Australia, 1865-1914. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. vii + 986 pp. $100.00 (cloth), ISBN: 0-521-55352-0. Reviewed for EH.NET by Alan M. Taylor, Department of Economics, University of California, Davis. Lance Davis and […]

Rainbow’s End: The Crash of 1929

Published by EH.NET (February 2002) Maury Klein, Rainbow’s End: The Crash of 1929. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. xx + 345 pp. $27.50 (cloth), ISBN: 0-19-513516-4. Reviewed for EH.Net by Robert Zevin, Robert Brooke Zevin Associates, Newburyport, MA. In this, his twelfth book, Maury Klein, a professor of history at the University of Rhode […]

Western Capitalism in China: A History of the Shanghai Stock Exchange

Published by EH.NET (December 2001) W. A. Thomas, Western Capitalism in China: A History of the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001. xii + 328 pp. $74.95 (hardback), ISBN: 0-7546-0246-X. Reviewed for EH.NET by Andrea McElderry, Department of History, University of Louisville. W. Arthur Thomas of the University of Liverpool has written a very straightforward […]

Opening America’s Market: U.S. Foreign Trade Policy Since 1776

Alfred E. Eckes, Jr. OPENING AMERICA’S MARKET: U.S. FOREIGN TRADE POLICY SINCE 1776. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995. xi + 402 pp. Illustrations, tables, bibliography, and index. $34.95 (cloth); ISBN 0-8078-2213-2. Reviewed by Bruce A. Khula, The Ohio State University, for H-BUSINESS November, 1995. bkhula@magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu Historians of American business and foreign policy […]

Gold, the Real Bills Doctrine, and the Fed: Sources of Monetary Disorder, 1922-1938

Published by EH.Net (October 2019) Thomas M. Humphrey and Richard H. Timberlake, Gold, the Real Bills Doctrine, and the Fed: Sources of Monetary Disorder, 1922-1938. Washington: Cato Institute, 2019. xix + 201 pp. $21.21 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-948647-55-7. Reviewed for EH.Net by Clifford F. Thies, School of Business, Shenandoah University.   Thomas M. Humphrey was a […]

Harold Adams Innis

Robin Neill, University of Prince Edward Island Harold Innis has been called “the first Canadian-born social scientist to achieve an international reputation” and “the father of Canadian Economic History.” He was the second president of the Economic History Association (1942-1944) and the fifty-fourth President of the American Economic Association (1951). He has been credited with […]

Smoot-Hawley Tariff

Anthony O’Brien, Lehigh University The Smoot-Hawley Tariff of 1930 was the subject of enormous controversy at the time of its passage and remains one of the most notorious pieces of legislation in the history of the United States. In the popular press and in political discussions the usual assumption is that the Smoot-Hawley Tariff was […]

An Overview of the Great Depression

Randall Parker, East Carolina University This article provides an overview of selected events and economic explanations of the interwar era. What follows is not intended to be a detailed and exhaustive review of the literature on the Great Depression, or of any one theory in particular. Rather, it will attempt to describe the “big picture” […]