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Women in Business, 1700-1850

Published by EH.NET (September 2006) Nicola Phillips, Women in Business, 1700-1850. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Boydell Press, 2006. xi + 299 pp. $85/?50 (cloth), ISBN: 1-84383-183-X. Reviewed for EH.NET by Margaret Walsh, School of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham. Women in Business is a book long in the making. Originating in a Master’s thesis […]

Horses in Society: A Story of Animal Breeding and Marketing Culture, 1800-1920

Published by EH.NET (September 2006) Margaret E. Derry, Horses in Society: A Story of Animal Breeding and Marketing Culture, 1800-1920. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006. xvii + 302 pp. $60 (cloth), ISBN: 0-8020-9112-1. Review for EH.NET by Mansel G. Blackford, Department of History, Ohio State University. An adjunct faculty member in history at the […]

Economic Transformations: General Purpose Technologies and Long-term Economic Growth

Published by EH.NET (August 2006) Richard G. Lipsey, Kenneth I. Carlaw, and Clifford T. Bekar, Economic Transformations: General Purpose Technologies and Long-term Economic Growth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. xxi + 595 pp. $45 (paperback), ISBN: 0-19-929089-X. Reviewed for EH.NET by Joel Mokyr, Departments of Economics and History, Northwestern University. Richard G. Lipsey is one […]

Labour, Land and Capital: From Slavery to Free Labour in Asante, 1807-1956

Published by EH.NET (August 2006) Gareth Austin, Labour, Land and Capital: From Slavery to Free Labour in Asante, 1807-1956. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2005. xxiv + 589 pp. $75 (hardcover), ISBN: 1-58046-161-1. Reviewed for EH.NET by Nathan Nunn, Department of Economics, University of British Columbia. In recent years, Africa’s underdevelopment has been of […]

Estad?sticas hist?ricas de Espa?a: Siglos XIX – XX

Published by EH.NET (August 2006) ? Albert Carreras and Xavier Tafunell, editors, Estad?sticas hist?ricas de Espa?a: Siglos XIX – XX. Bilbao: Fundaci?n BBVA, 2005. Second revised edition, 3 volumes. 1439 pp. 52 euros (paperback), ISBN: 84-96515-00-1. Reviewed for EH.NET by Mauricio Drelichman, Department of Economics, University of British Columbia. In the preface to the three […]

American Taxation, American Slavery

Published by EH.NET (August 2006) Robin Einhorn, American Taxation, American Slavery. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. xii + 337 pp. $35 (cloth), ISBN: 0-226-19487-6. Reviewed for EH.NET by Jenny Wahl, Department of Economics, Carleton College. In June 2006, a group of 203 wealthy citizens in my state took out a full-page ad asking for […]

Corruption and Reform: Lessons from America’s Economic History

Published by EH.NET (August 2006) ? Edward L. Glaeser and Claudia Goldin, editors, Corruption and Reform: Lessons from America’s Economic History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. ix + 386 pp. $75 (cloth), ISBN: 0-226-29957-0. Reviewed for EH.NET by Louis P. Cain, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. Corruption and Reform […]

Cultures Merging: A Historical and Economic Critique of Culture

Published by EH.NET (July 2006) Eric L. Jones, Cultures Merging: A Historical and Economic Critique of Culture. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006. xvii + 297 pp. $30 (cloth), ISBN: 0-691-11737-3. Reviewed for EH.NET by Avner Greif, Department of Economics, Stanford University. For some scholars, a society’s culture determines its economic destiny. For others, culture […]

Planters’ Progress: Modernizing Confederate Georgia

Published by EH.NET (July 2006) Chad Morgan, Planters’ Progress: Modernizing Confederate Georgia. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005. xii + 163 pp. $55 (cloth), ISBN: 0-8130-2872-8. Reviewed for EH.NET by Sean Patrick Adams, Department of History, University of Florida. Do we need another case study of the American Civil War? While the public demand for […]

Plows, Plagues and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate

Published by EH.NET (July 2006) William F. Ruddiman, Plows, Plagues and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005. xiv + 202 pp. $25 (hardcover), ISBN: 0-691-12164-8. Reviewed for EH.NET by Robert Whaples, Department of Economics, Wake Forest University. William Ruddiman’s provocative but plausible conclusion is that the economic behavior of […]