The Great Divergence: China, Europe and the Making of the Modern World Economy

Published by EH.NET (October 2000) Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence: China, Europe and the Making of the Modern World Economy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000. x +382 pp. $39.95 (cloth); ISBN: 0-691-00543-5. Reviewed for EH.NET by Deepak Lal, Department of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles. Kenneth Pomeranz (Professor of History at the University […]

The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas

Published by EH.NET (July 1, 2000) David Eltis, The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000. xvii + 353 pp., $59.95 (cloth), ISBN: 0-521-65231-6. Reviewed for EH.NET by Jan Hogendorn, Department of Economics, Colby College. David Eltis of Queen’s University, Canada, has produced an ambitious explanatory survey on the emergence […]

World of Possibilities: Flexibility and Mass Production in Western Industrialization

Charles F. Sabel and Jonathan Zeitlin, eds., World of Possibilities: Flexibility and Mass Production in Western Industrialization. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. x + 510 pp., $80.00 (cloth), ISBN: 0-521-49555-5. Reviewed for EH.NET by James A. Jaffe, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The essays gathered in this collection build upon the ideas presented […]

Douglass C. North

In Memoriam ECONOMICS HISTORY ASSOCIATION REMEMBERS DOUGLASS C. NORTH March 7, 1922-June 28, 2015 written by John Wallis Douglass C. North passed away at the age of 95 at his home in Benzonia, Michigan. He was among the most important and influential economic historians and economists of the late 20th century. He will be deeply […]

Douglass C. North

written by John Wallis Douglass C. North passed away at the age of 95 at his home in Benzonia, Michigan.  He was among the most important and influential economic historians and economists of the late 20th century.  He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and students. Douglass Cecil North was born on […]

Manpower in Economic Growth: The American Record since 1800

Classic Reviews in Economic History Stanley Lebergott, Manpower in Economic Growth: The American Record since 1800. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964. xii + 561 pp. Review Essay by Robert A. Margo, Department of Economics, Boston University. Manpower after Forty Years During the first half of the twentieth century classical musicians routinely incorporated their personalities into their […]

Understanding the Process of Economic Change

Published by EH.NET (February 2005) Douglass C. North, Understanding the Process of Economic Change. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005. xi + 187 pp. $29.95/?18.95 (hardcover), ISBN: 0-691-11805-1. Reviewed for EH.NET by Alexander J. Field, Department of Economics, Santa Clara University. Douglass North’s latest book addresses fundamental issues in understanding change and variation in economic performance. […]

Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective

Published by EH.NET (April 2004) Ha-Joon Chang, Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective. London: Anthem Press, 2002. iv + 187 pp. $22.50 (paperback), ISBN: 1-84-331027-9. Reviewed for EH.NET by Douglas Irwin, Department of Economics, Dartmouth College. Ha-Joon Chang enlists economic history to mount a provocative critique of the “Washington Consensus” — the […]

Institutional Change and American Economic Growth

Lance E. Davis and Douglass C. North (with the assistance of Calla Smorodin), Institutional Change and American Economic Growth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971. viii + 282 pp. Review Essay by Cynthia Taft Morris, Department of Economics, Smith College and American University. Davis and North Launch Neoclassical Institutional Theory This book is an early major […]

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Review Essay by Stanley Engerman, Departments of Economics and History, University of Rochester Capitalism, Protestantism, and Economic Development: Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism after Almost One Century Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism has had an […]