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Walrasian Economics

Published by EH.NET (December 2006) Donald A. Walker, Walrasian Economics. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. x + 357 pp. $80 (cloth), ISBN: 0-521-85855-0. Reviewed for EH.NET by Roger E. Backhouse, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham. This aim of this volume is to complement Walker’s earlier book, Walras’s Market Models (1996), by placing that […]

A History of Mechanical Invention

Classic Reviews in Economic History Abbott Payson Usher, A History of Mechanical Invention. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1929. xi + 401 pp. (Revised edition, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1954, 450 pp.) Review Essay by George Grantham, Department of Economics, McGill University. How Economic Change Happens: Usher’s History of Mechanical Invention Among the seminal works in […]

Britain and Ireland, 1050-1530: Economy and Society

Published by EH.NET (December 2006) Richard Britnell, Britain and Ireland, 1050-1530: Economy and Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. xvi + 562 pp. $45 (paperback), ISBN: 0-19-873145-0. Reviewed for EH.NET by John Langdon, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta. Richard Britnell, emeritus professor of history, University of Durham, has produced a superb textbook […]

Peter Tait: A Remarkable Story

Published by EH.NET (December 2006) John E. Waite, Peter Tait: A Remarkable Story. Stoke sub Hamdon, Somerset: Milnford Publications, 2005. xiii + 338 pp. ?20 (cloth), ISBN: 0-9550379-0-5. Reviewed for EH.NET by James Jaffe, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The extensive research that appears to have gone into the writing of this book was […]

Joan Robinson’s Economics: A Centennial Celebration

Published by EH.NET (November 2006) ? Bill Gibson, editor, Joan Robinson’s Economics: A Centennial Celebration. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2005. 395 pp. $130.50 (hardcover), ISBN: 1-84376-932-8. Reviewed for EH.Net by Michael S. Lawlor, Department of Economics, Wake Forest University. This seems an appropriate time to reassess the work of Joan Robinson and examine just what […]

Sweet Negotiations: Sugar, Slavery, and Plantation Agriculture in Early Barbados

Published by EH.NET (November 2006) Russell R. Menard, Sweet Negotiations: Sugar, Slavery, and Plantation Agriculture in Early Barbados. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2006. xiv + 181 pp. $39.50 (cloth), ISBN: 0-8139-2540-1. Reviewed for EH.NET by David Eltis, Department of History, Emory University. A number of benchmark issues in the history of slavery in […]

Thurman Arnold: A Biography

Published by EH.NET (November 2006) Spencer Weber Waller, Thurman Arnold: A Biography. New York: New York University Press, 2005. xi + 271 pp. $40 (cloth), ISBN: 0-8147-9392-4. Richard E. Holl, From Boardroom to the War Room: America’s Corporate Liberals and FDR’s Preparedness Program. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2005. x + 191 pp. $75 […]

John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics

Published by EH.NET (November 2006) Richard Parker, John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. x + 820 pp. $35 (cloth), ISBN: 0-374-28168-8. Reviewed for EH.NET by Peter J. Boettke, Department of Economics, George Mason University. During my undergraduate days I was taught to despise John Kenneth […]

Panic! Markets, Crises, and Crowds in American Fiction

Published by EH.NET (October 2006) David Zimmerman, Panic! Markets, Crises, and Crowds in American Fiction. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. xi + 294 pp. $22.50 (paperback), ISBN: 0-8078-5687-8. Review for EH.NET by Scott Dalrymple, Department of Business Administration, Hartwick College. My grandmother, who came of age during the Great Depression, eventually […]

Korea Under Siege, 1876-1945: Capital Formation and Economic Transformation

Published by EH.NET (October 2006) Young-Iob Chung, Korea Under Siege, 1876-1945: Capital Formation and Economic Transformation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. xv + 390 pp. $74 (cloth), ISBN: 0-19-517830-0. Reviewed for EH.NET by Myung Soo Cha, School of Economics and Finance, Yeungnam University. Korea Under Siege, 1876-1945 claims that Japanese imperialism triggered an industrial […]