Coordination in Transition: The Netherlands and the World Economy, 1950-2010

Published by EH.Net (August 2015) Jeroen Touwen, Coordination in Transition: The Netherlands and the World Economy, 1950-2010. Leiden: Brill, 2014. xiv + 385 pp. $154 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-90-04-27255-2. Reviewed for EH.Net by Annette van den Berg, School of Economics, Utrecht University. One of the great debates of the late twentieth century has been around the […]

Financial Crises, 1929 to the Present

Published by EH.Net (November 2014) Sara Hsu, Financial Crises, 1929 to the Present. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2013. v + 178 pp. $100 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-85793-342-3. Reviewed for EH.Net by David C. Wheelock, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In Financial Crises, 1929 to the Present, Sara Hsu of the State University of New York, […]

Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit

Published by EH.Net (September 2014) Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. Haber, Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014.  xi + 570 pp. $35 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-691-15524-1. Reviewed for EH.Net by Hugh Rockoff, Department of Economics, Rutgers University. Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. […]

U.S. Economy in World War I

Hugh Rockoff, Rutgers University Although the United States was actively involved in World War I for only nineteen months, from April 1917 to November 1918, the mobilization of the economy was extraordinary. (See the chronology at the end for key dates). Over four million Americans served in the armed forces, and the U.S. economy turned […]

Banking in the Western U.S.

Lynne Pierson Doti, Chapman University Banking in the western United States has had a distinctive history, marked by a great variety of banking arrangements and generally loose regulation. California Banks in the Gold Rush Era In the early frontier years, private individuals and outposts of the Hudson Bay Company and other trading companies provided banking […]

US Banking History, Civil War to World War II

Richard S. Grossman, Wesleyan University The National Banking Era Begins, 1863 The National Banking Acts of 1863 and 1864 The National Banking era was ushered in by the passage of the National Currency (later renamed the National Banking) Acts of 1863 and 1864. The Acts marked a decisive change in the monetary system, confirmed a […]

World Insurance: The Evolution of a Global Risk Network

Published by EH.Net (August 2013)?Peter Borscheid and Niels Viggo Haueter, editors, World Insurance: The Evolution of a Global Risk Network. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. xvi + 729 pp. $180 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-19-65796-4. Reviewed for EH.Net by Geoffrey Clark, Department of History, State University of New York at Potsdam. This massive volume on the spread […]

Trade and Poverty: When the Third World Fell Behind

Published by EH.NET (July 2011) Jeffrey G. Williamson, Trade and Poverty: When the Third World Fell Behind. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011. xii + 301 pp. $35 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-262-01515-8. Reviewed for EH.Net by Tirthankar Roy, Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science. Through a process of unprecedented market integration, a […]