This long established series provides a platform for books which break new ground in the understanding of the development of the modern world economy. Equally rooted in economics and history, the series is not limited to any particular period or region. Individual titles focus on particular countries, key industries, themes, or international economic relations.
Port-Cities and their Hinterlands: Migration, Trade and Cultural Exchange from the Early Seventeenth-Century to 1939
A Global History of Money
Modern Advertising and the Market for Audience Attention: The US Advertising Industry's Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Transition
Family Firms and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe: The Business, Bankruptcy and Resilience of the Höchstetters of Augsburg
An Economic History of Famine Resilience
January 01, 2021
Port cities played a critical role in urban development, whether in Europe, North America, or the developing world. Even in the pre-industrial period, trade was an important factor which affected the pattern of urban expansion and ports, after capital cities, often registered the greatest growth...
Richard Coopey, Peter Lyth
January 01, 2021
The leisure sector of developed economies continues to grow rapidly, this expansion building on existing forms of leisure economy to introduce entirely new enterprises, products and markets. Britain, the first industrial nation, is no exception, and business across a range of leisure sectors is now...
January 01, 2021
This book explores late colonial Zimbabwe’s troubled transition from colony to independent state from a financial and economic history perspective. It shows that Zimbabwe’s decolonisation was crucially shaped by financial and economic arrangements. The author naturally considers Rhodesia’s...
Bas van Leeuwen, Robin C.M. Philips, Erik Buyst
October 23, 2020
This book offers a comprehensive study of regional industrialization in Europe and Asia from the early 19th century to the present. By using case studies on regional industrialization, the book provides insights into similarities and differences in industrialization processes between European,...
April 09, 2020
Looking from the 11th century to the 20th century, Kuroda explores how money was used and how currencies evolved in transactions within local communities and in broader trade networks. The discussion covers Asia, Europe and Africa and highlights an impressive global interconnectedness in the...
December 04, 2019
Modern advertising was created in the US between 1870 and 1920 when advertisers and the increasingly specialized advertising industry that served them crafted means of reliable access to and knowledge of audiences. This highly original and accessible book re-centers the story of the invention of...
Thomas Max Safley
November 27, 2019
This fascinating study follows the fortunes of the Höchstetter family, merchant-manufacturers and financiers of Augsburg, Germany, in the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries, and sheds light on the economic and social history of failure and resilience in early modern Europe. Carefully...
Jessica Dijkman, Bas van Leeuwen
September 26, 2019
Food crises have always tested societies. This volume discusses societal resilience to food crises, examining the responses and strategies at the societal level that effectively helped individuals and groups to cope with drops in food supply, in various parts of the world over the past two...
Joan Ramón Rosés, Nikolaus Wolf
November 22, 2018
This book is the first quantitative description of Europe’s economic development at a regional level over the entire twentieth century. Based on a new and comprehensive set of data, it brings together a group of leading economic historians in order to describe and analyze the development of...
Marc Badia-Miró, Vicente Pinilla, Henry Willebald
August 06, 2018
The relationship between natural capital and economic growth is an open debate in the field of economic development. Is an abundance of natural resources a blessing or a curse for economic performance? The field of Economic History offers an excellent vantage to explore the relevance of...
June 11, 2018
Bengal’s traditional industries, once celebrated worldwide, largely decayed under the backwash effects of the British Industrial Revolution in the first half of the nineteenth century. Although colonial ambivalence is often cited as an explanation, this study also shows that a series of new...
R.J. van der Spek, Bas van Leeuwen
May 31, 2018
Money is a core feature in all discussions of economic crisis, as is clear from the debates about the responses of the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States to the 2008 economic crisis. This volume explores the role of money in economic performance, and focuses on...