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Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History

Edited by: Robert Whaples , Randall E. Parker

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415677042
eBook ISBN: 9780203075616
Adobe ISBN: 9781135121211

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The Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History aims to introduce readers to important approaches and findings of economic historians who study the modern world. Its short chapters reflect the most up-to-date research and are written by well-known economic historians who are authorities on their subjects.

Modern economic history blends two approaches – Cliometrics (which focuses on measuring economic variables and explicitly testing theories about the historical performance and development of the economy) and the New Institutional Economics (which focuses on how social, cultural, legal and organizational norms and rules shape economic outcomes and their evolution). Part 1 of the Handbook introduces these approaches and other important methodological issues for economic history.

The most fundamental shift in the economic history of the world began about two and a half centuries ago when eons of slow economic change and faltering economic growth gave way to sustained, rapid economic expansion. Part 2 examines this theme and the primary forces economic historians have linked to economic growth, stagnation and fluctuations – including technological change, entrepreneurship, competition, the biological environment, war, financial panics and business cycles.

Part 3 examines the evolution of broad sectors that typify a modern economy including agriculture, banking, transportation, health care, housing, and entertainment. It begins by examining an equally important "sector" of the economy which scholars have increasingly analyzed using economic tools – religion.  Part 4 focuses on the work force and human outcomes including inequality, labor markets, unions, education, immigration, slavery, urbanization, and the evolving economic roles of women and African-Americans.

The text will be of great value to those taking economic history courses as well as a reference book useful to professional practitioners, policy makers and the public.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Economic History and Cliometrics Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The New Institutional Economics and Economic History Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Measuring Economic Growth and the Standard of Living Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Anthropometric History: Heights, Weights, and Economic Conditions Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Causes of Economic Growth Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Economic History of Technological Change Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Economic History and Entrepreneurship Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Economic History and Competition Policy Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The Evolutionary Roots of Economic History Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Economic History of War and Defense Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Business Cycles Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The Economic History of Financial Panics Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Economic History and Religion Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Economic History of Agriculture Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Economic History of Transportation Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Economic History and the Healthcare Industry Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Economic History of Banking Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Economic History of Entertainment and Sports Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Inequality in Economic History Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Evolution of Labor Markets Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Labor Unions and Economic History Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Economic History of Education Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The Economic History of Immigration Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Economic History of Slavery Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The Economic History of Urbanization Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Changing Economic Roles of Women Download PDF
Chapter  27:  African-Americans in the U.S. Economy Since Emancipation Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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