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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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Markets and Growth in Early Modern Europe

Markets and Growth in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

By Victoria N Bateman
January 21, 2016

This is the first study to analyze a wide spread of price data to determine whether market development led to economic growth in the early modern period....

Meat, Commerce and the City The London Food Market, 1800–1855

Meat, Commerce and the City: The London Food Market, 1800–1855

1st Edition

By Robyn S Metcalfe
January 21, 2016

This study examines the struggle between Smithfield market's supporters and detractors and argues that this demonstrates a major shift in the way the urban landscape came to be used....

Merchant Colonies in the Early Modern Period

Merchant Colonies in the Early Modern Period

1st Edition

Edited By Victor N Zakharov, Gelina Harlaftis, Olga Katsiardi-Hering
January 21, 2016

Merchant colonies were a significant factor for economic growth in Europe during the early modern period. The essays in this collection look at merchant colonies across Europe, assessing their function, legal status, interaction with local traders and assimilation into their host countries....

Merchants and Profit in the Age of Commerce, 1680–1830

Merchants and Profit in the Age of Commerce, 1680–1830

1st Edition

Edited By Dominique Margairaz, Yannick Lemarchand, Pierre Gervais
January 21, 2016

Merchant activity across Europe, America and China during the long eighteenth century is explored in this collection of essays. Using a unique data set from accounts and correspondence, contributors are able to show the fragmented nature of merchant activity and the importance of trust-based social...

Migrants and Urban Change Newcomers to Antwerp, 1760-1860

Migrants and Urban Change: Newcomers to Antwerp, 1760-1860

1st Edition

By Anne Winter
January 21, 2016

Taking the Belgian city of Antwerp as a case-study, this book argues that the direction of nineteenth century societal change was such as to make some groups of people better suited to reap the benefits of new opportunities....

Mining and the State in Brazilian Development

Mining and the State in Brazilian Development

1st Edition

By Gail D Triner
January 21, 2016

'Mining and the State' examines the fundamental economic institutional structure of Brazil through the prism of its mineral endowment....

Narratives of Drunkenness Belgium, 1830–1914

Narratives of Drunkenness: Belgium, 1830–1914

1st Edition

By An Vleugels
January 21, 2016

Focusing on Belgium from the mid-nineteenth century until the First World War, Vleugels presents a study of the drunkard in society....

Policing Prostitution, 1856–1886 Deviance, Surveillance and Morality

Policing Prostitution, 1856–1886: Deviance, Surveillance and Morality

1st Edition

By Catherine Lee
January 21, 2016

Focusing on the ports, dockyards and garrison towns of Kent, this study examines the social and economic factors that could cause a woman to turn to prostitution, and how such women were policed....

Residential Institutions in Britain, 1725–1970 Inmates and Environments

Residential Institutions in Britain, 1725–1970: Inmates and Environments

1st Edition

By Jane Hamlett
January 21, 2016

The essays in this collection explore both organizational intentions and inhabitants' experiences in a diverse range of British residential institutions during a period when such provision was dramatically increasing....

Respectability and the London Poor, 1780–1870 The Value of Virtue

Respectability and the London Poor, 1780–1870: The Value of Virtue

1st Edition

By Lynn MacKay
January 21, 2016

The population of London soared during the Industrial Revolution and the poorer areas became iconic places of overcrowding and vice. Focusing on the communities of Westminster, MacKay shows that many of the plebeian populace retained traditional working-class pursuits, such as gambling, drinking ...

Rural Unwed Mothers An American Experience, 1870-1950

Rural Unwed Mothers: An American Experience, 1870-1950

1st Edition

By Mazie Hough
January 21, 2016

Drawing extensively from agency records, newspaper accounts, sociological studies and court documents, Hough explores the experiences of rural white unwed mothers in Maine and Tennessee....

Sex in Japan's Globalization, 1870–1930 Prostitutes, Emigration and Nation-Building

Sex in Japan's Globalization, 1870–1930: Prostitutes, Emigration and Nation-Building

1st Edition

By Bill Mihalopoulos
January 21, 2016

Based on archival research undertaken in Japan, Britain and the United States, Mihalopoulos offers a new perspective on the relations between gender hierarchies and the political economy in a newly modernized Japan....

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