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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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The Clothing Trade in Provincial England, 1800–1850

The Clothing Trade in Provincial England, 1800–1850

1st Edition

By Alison Toplis
January 21, 2016

This detailed study is the first exploration of rural consumption of clothing in early nineteenth-century Britain. Drawing on evidence from a range of sources including newspapers, trade directories, court records, visual sources and surviving garments, Toplis investigates how the apparel of the ...

The Determinants of Entrepreneurship Leadership, Culture, Institutions

The Determinants of Entrepreneurship: Leadership, Culture, Institutions

1st Edition

Edited By Jose L Garcia-Ruiz, Pier Angelo Tominelli
January 21, 2016

This study looks at entrepreneurial history from three angles: Entrepreneurial Typologies; Business Leaders; and Culture vs Institutions. The previous scarcity of material makes this collection of eight papers an invaluable resource and should encourage further analysis....

The Economies of Latin America New Cliometric Data

The Economies of Latin America: New Cliometric Data

1st Edition

By César Yáñez
January 21, 2016

The economic backwardness of Latin America and the Caribbean has long been discussed, but seldom been the subject of such a wide-ranging quantitative study. The twelve essays in this collection present a twenty-first-century analysis of a long-term issue, providing extensive geographical coverage ...

The World of Carolus Clusius Natural History in the Making, 1550-1610

The World of Carolus Clusius: Natural History in the Making, 1550-1610

1st Edition

By Florike Egmond
January 21, 2016

Egmond's study investigates horticultural techniques, fashions in the collection of rare plants, botanical experimentation and methods of scientific evaluation, as well as tracking the exchange of knowledge. Central to this activity is the figure of Carolus Clusius (1526-1609), the first truly ...

Violence and Racism in Football Politics and Cultural Conflict in British Society, 1968–1998

Violence and Racism in Football: Politics and Cultural Conflict in British Society, 1968–1998

1st Edition

By Brett Bebber
January 21, 2016

This study, based on government records, newspaper articles and fanzines, explores the complex interaction between politicians, police and the perpetrators of football violence. Bebber looks at how successive governments tried to impose law and order on football ‘hooligans’, whilst inadvertently ...

Welfare and Old Age in Europe and North America The Development of Social Insurance

Welfare and Old Age in Europe and North America: The Development of Social Insurance

1st Edition

Edited By Bernard Harris
January 21, 2016

Over the last twenty years, historians have become increasingly interested in the role of non-state organizations in the development of welfare services. This study is particularly focused on the role of friendly societies and other insurance bodies in the provision of aid for the elderly and the ...

Sanitation in Urban Britain, 1560-1700

Sanitation in Urban Britain, 1560-1700

1st Edition

By Leona J. Skelton
December 08, 2015

Popular belief holds that throwing the contents of a chamber pot into the street was a common occurrence during the early modern period. This book challenges this deeply entrenched stereotypical image as the majority of urban inhabitants and their local governors alike valued clean outdoor public ...

Development Economics in the Twenty-First Century

Development Economics in the Twenty-First Century

1st Edition

Edited By Claudia Sunna, Davide Gualerzi
December 14, 2015

Development Economics has been identified as a homogeneous body of theory since the 1950s, concerned both with the study of development issues and with the shaping of more effective policies for less advanced economies. Development Economics in the Twenty-First Century brings together an ...

Labour and Living Standards in Pre-Colonial West Africa The case of the Gold Coast

Labour and Living Standards in Pre-Colonial West Africa: The case of the Gold Coast

1st Edition

By Klas Rönnbäck
November 24, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa is the poorest region in the world. But its current status has skewed our understanding of the economy before colonization. Rönnbäck reconstructs the living standards of the population at a time when the Atlantic slave trade brought money and men into the area, enriching our ...

Merchants and Trading in the Sixteenth Century The Golden Age of Antwerp

Merchants and Trading in the Sixteenth Century: The Golden Age of Antwerp

1st Edition

By Jeroen Puttevils
June 01, 2015

Sixteenth-century Europe was powered by commerce. Whilst mercantile groups from many areas prospered, those from the Low Countries were particularly successful. This study, based on extensive archival research, charts the ascent of the merchants established around Antwerp....

Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century

Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

By Serena Trowbridge
December 01, 2014

The nineteenth-century asylum was the scene of both terrible abuses and significant advancements in treatment and care. The essays in this collection look at the asylum from the perspective of the place itself – its architecture, funding and purpose – and at the experience of those who were sent ...

Merchant Communities in Asia, 1600–1980

Merchant Communities in Asia, 1600–1980

1st Edition

By Madeleine Zelin
December 01, 2014

This book is the first to use local primary sources to explore the interaction between foreign and native merchants in Asian countries. Contributors discuss the different economic, political and cultural conditions that gave rise to a variety of merchant communities in Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, ...

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