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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 Natalie Tomlinson, Editor for Economics at Routledge ([email protected]).

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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

Forthcoming

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

Forthcoming

Alexander Wakelam
July 08, 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

Forthcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Small and Medium Powers in Global History: Trade, Conflicts, and Neutrality from the 18th to the 20th Centuries

Small and Medium Powers in Global History: Trade, Conflicts, and Neutrality from the 18th to the 20th Centuries

1st Edition

Jari Eloranta, Eric Golson, Peter Hedberg, Maria Cristina Moreira
September 06, 2018

This volume brings together a leading group of scholars to offer a new perspective on the history of conflicts and trade, focusing on the role of small and medium, or "weak", and often neutral states. Existing historiography has often downplayed the importance of such states in world trade, during...

Mercantilism, Account Keeping and the Periphery-Core Relationship

Mercantilism, Account Keeping and the Periphery-Core Relationship

1st Edition

Cheryl Susan McWatters
July 26, 2018

Mercantilism and accounting remain two dynamic and debated concepts in terms of definition and scope. This volume brings together the research of international scholars from a wide variety of disciplines – accounting, anthropology, native studies, economic geography, economic history and management...

An Urban History of The Plague: Socio-Economic, Political and Medical Impacts in a Scottish Community, 1500–1650

An Urban History of The Plague: Socio-Economic, Political and Medical Impacts in a Scottish Community, 1500–1650

1st Edition

Karen Jillings
April 12, 2018

As a medical, economic, spiritual and demographic crisis, plague affected practically every aspect of an early modern community whether on a local, regional or national scale. Its study therefore affords opportunities for the reassessment of many aspects of the pre-modern world. This book examines...

The Economic and Business History of Occupied Japan: New Perspectives

The Economic and Business History of Occupied Japan: New Perspectives

1st Edition

Thomas French
August 10, 2017

The Occupation era (1945-1952) witnessed major change in Japan and the beginnings of its growth from of the ashes of defeat towards its status as a developmental model for much of the world. The period arguably saw the sowing of the seeds of the post-war flowering of what some term the ‘postwar...

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