In recent years, the focus of historians of economic thought has changed to also include the ideas and practices of contemporary economists. This has opened up new questions regarding the utilization of sources, choice of method, narrative styles, and ethical issues, as well as a new awareness of the historian’s place, role, and task.
This book brings together leading contributors to provide, for the first time, a methodological overview of the historiography of economics. Emphasising the quality of the scholarship of recent decades, the book seeks to provide research tools for future historians of economic thought, as well as to any historians of social science with an interest in historiographic issues.
Introduction, E. Roy Weintraub Part I: Memories in action 1. Autobiographical memory and the historiography of economics, E. Roy Weintraub 2. Dealing with the personal in the contemporary history of economics, Till Düppe 3. Interviews: Some methodological and historiographical issues of oral sources, Dorian Jullien 4. The witness seminar: Method, results, and implications, Harro Maas Part II: Quantitative histories of economics 5. Social network analysis: A complementary method of discovery for the history of economics, François Claveau and Catherine Herfeld 6. Prosopography: The missing link in the history of economics, Andrej Svorenčík Part III: Histories of the teaching of economics 7. Syllabi and examinations, Irwin Collier 8. Textbooks in the historiography of recent economics, Yann Giraud Part IV: Material histories of economics 9. Artifacts in the contemporary history of economics, Verena Halsmayer 10. Reading popular histories of economics, Tiago Mata 11. Detectives, storytellers, and hackers: Historians of economics in an age of social media, Beatrice Cherrier, Afterword, Till Düppe