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Perspectives in Economic and Social History


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We welcome new submissions for Perspectives in Economic and Social History. Please contact the series editors, Jari Eloranta (Economic History) and Andrew August (Social History), or Andy Humphries, Publisher for Economics at Routledge ([email protected]).

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North Eurasian Trade in World History, 1660–1860 The Economic and Political Importance of the Baltic Sea

North Eurasian Trade in World History, 1660–1860: The Economic and Political Importance of the Baltic Sea

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Werner Scheltjens
July 12, 2021

This book offers the first long-term analysis of the protracted struggle between Britain, France, Prussia, Russia, and Sweden for economic power and political influence in the northern part of the Eurasian continent between 1660 and 1860. This book shows how their commercial, diplomatic, and ...

A History of Cold War Industrialisation Finnish Shipbuilding between East and West

A History of Cold War Industrialisation: Finnish Shipbuilding between East and West

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Saara Matala
July 01, 2021

A History of Cold War Industrialisation charts the development of the Finnish shipbuilding industry from the Second World War to the EU membership and shows how the industrialisation took form in the polarised context of the Cold War. The prolonged confrontation between east and west politicised ...

The Nordic Economic, Social and Political Model Challenges in the 21st Century

The Nordic Economic, Social and Political Model: Challenges in the 21st Century

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Anu Koivunen, Jari Ojala, Janne Holmén
April 23, 2021

The Nordic Model is the 20th-century Scandinavian recipe for combining stable democracies, individual freedom, economic growth and comprehensive systems for social security. But what happens when Sweden and Finland – two countries topping global indexes for competitiveness, productivity, growth, ...

Luxury, Fashion and the Early Modern Idea of Credit

Luxury, Fashion and the Early Modern Idea of Credit

1st Edition

Edited By Klas Nyberg, Håkan Jakobsson
November 30, 2020

Luxury, Fashion and the Early Modern Idea of Credit addresses how social and cultural ideas about credit and trust, in the context of fashion and trade, were affected by the growth and development of the bankruptcy institution.   Luxury, fashion and social standing are intimately connected to ...

Early Modern Overseas Trade and Entrepreneurship Nordic Trading Companies in the Seventeenth Century

Early Modern Overseas Trade and Entrepreneurship: Nordic Trading Companies in the Seventeenth Century

1st Edition

By Kaarle Wirta
July 21, 2020

Drawing on an impressive range of archival material, this monograph delves into the careers of two businessmen who worked for Nordic chartered monopoly trading companies to illuminate individual entrepreneurship in the context of seventeenth-century long-distance trade. The study spans the ...

Credit and Debt in Eighteenth-Century England An Economic History of Debtors’ Prisons

Credit and Debt in Eighteenth-Century England: An Economic History of Debtors’ Prisons

1st Edition

By Alexander Wakelam
July 03, 2020

Throughout the eighteenth century hundreds of thousands of men and women were cast into prison for failing to pay their debts. This apparently illogical system where debtors were kept away from their places of work remained popular with creditors into the nineteenth century even as Britain ...

Franco Modigliani and Keynesian Economics

Franco Modigliani and Keynesian Economics

1st Edition

By Antonella Rancan
June 25, 2020

This book follows the intellectual path of Franco Modigliani, Nobel Prize winner and one of the most influential Keynesian economists of the twentieth century, tracing his development and examining the impact of his research. The book begins with Modigliani’s early work as a young law student in ...

Workers, Unions and Payment in Kind The Fight for Real Wages in Britain, 1820–1914

Workers, Unions and Payment in Kind: The Fight for Real Wages in Britain, 1820–1914

1st Edition

By Christopher Frank
November 07, 2019

Despite the dramatic expansion of consumer culture from the beginning of the eighteenth century onwards and the developments in retailing, advertising and credit relationships in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, there were a significant number of working families in Britain who were not ...

Fiscal Policy in Early Modern Europe Portugal in Comparative Context

Fiscal Policy in Early Modern Europe: Portugal in Comparative Context

1st Edition

By Rodrigo da Costa Dominguez
September 04, 2019

This book will examine the gradual assembly and consolidation of Portuguese fiscal policy in the second half of the fifteenth century, providing a comparative analysis of the Portuguese State’s finances and fiscal dynamics with other Western European monarchies. This book examines relevant aspects ...

A History of States and Economic Policies in Early Modern Europe

A History of States and Economic Policies in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

By Silvia A. Conca Messina
May 13, 2019

Why was early modern Europe the starting point of the economic expansion which led to the Industrial Revolution? What was the state’s role in this momentous transformation? A History of States and Economic Policies in Early Modern Europe takes a comparative approach to answer these questions, ...

Labor Before the Industrial Revolution Work, Technology and their Ecologies in an Age of Early Capitalism

Labor Before the Industrial Revolution: Work, Technology and their Ecologies in an Age of Early Capitalism

1st Edition

Edited By Thomas Max Safley
November 07, 2018

One cannot conceive of capitalism without labor. Yet many of the current debates about economic development leading to industrialization fail to directly engage with labor at all. This collection of essays strives to correct this oversight and to reintroduce labor into the great debates about ...

Prostitution and Social Control in Eighteenth-Century Ports

Prostitution and Social Control in Eighteenth-Century Ports

1st Edition

By Marion Pluskota
October 24, 2018

In the last third of the eighteenth-century, Bristol and Nantes were two of the most active commercial ports of England and France, despite a slowdown of their economy. Their economies were based primarily on the maritime trade, but they developed alongside Atlantic industries that attracted many ...

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