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Routledge Explorations in Economic History


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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.

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Port-Cities and their Hinterlands: Migration, Trade and Cultural Exchange from the Early Seventeenth-Century to 1939

Port-Cities and their Hinterlands: Migration, Trade and Cultural Exchange from the Early Seventeenth-Century to 1939

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Robert Lee
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...

The Business of Leisure in 20th Century Britain: Pay and Play

The Business of Leisure in 20th Century Britain: Pay and Play

1st Edition

Forthcoming

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...

Finance in Colonial Zimbabwe: Money, Sanctions and War Economy

Finance in Colonial Zimbabwe: Money, Sanctions and War Economy

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Tinashe Nyamunda
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...

An Economic History of Regional Industrialization

An Economic History of Regional Industrialization

1st Edition

Forthcoming

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,...

A Global History of Money

A Global History of Money

1st Edition

Akinobu Kuroda
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...

Modern Advertising and the Market for Audience Attention: The US Advertising Industry's Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Transition

Modern Advertising and the Market for Audience Attention: The US Advertising Industry's Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Transition

1st Edition

Zoe Sherman
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...

Family Firms and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe: The Business, Bankruptcy and Resilience of the Höchstetters of Augsburg

Family Firms and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe: The Business, Bankruptcy and Resilience of the Höchstetters of Augsburg

1st Edition

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...

An Economic History of Famine Resilience

An Economic History of Famine Resilience

1st Edition

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...

The Economic Development of Europe's Regions: A Quantitative History since 1900

The Economic Development of Europe's Regions: A Quantitative History since 1900

1st Edition

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...

Natural Resources and Economic Growth: Learning from History

Natural Resources and Economic Growth: Learning from History

1st Edition

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...

The Development of Modern Industries in Bengal: ReIndustrialisation, 1858–1914

The Development of Modern Industries in Bengal: ReIndustrialisation, 1858–1914

1st Edition

Indrajit Ray
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...

Money, Currency and Crisis: In Search of Trust, 2000 BC to AD 2000

Money, Currency and Crisis: In Search of Trust, 2000 BC to AD 2000

1st Edition

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...

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