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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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The Political Economy of Mercantilism

The Political Economy of Mercantilism

1st Edition

By Lars Magnusson
January 03, 2018

Since the days of Adam Smith, Mercantilism has been a hotly debated issue. Condemned at the end of the 18th century as a "false" system of economic thinking and political practice, it has returned paradoxically to the forefront in regard to issues such as the creation of economic growth in ...

The Western Allies and Soviet Potential in World War II Economy, Society and Military Power

The Western Allies and Soviet Potential in World War II: Economy, Society and Military Power

1st Edition

By Martin Kahn
March 27, 2017

World War II was the largest and most devastating war in modern history with far-reaching consequences. The single most important campaign was the Soviet–German war, which consumed the lion share of Germany’s military resources. In contrast to the tone in German and Anglo-American precampaign ...

The Evolving Structure of the East Asian Economic System since 1700 A Comparative Analysis

The Evolving Structure of the East Asian Economic System since 1700: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

Edited By A.J.H. Latham, Heita Kawakatsu
December 08, 2016

This book is the fifth volume of essays edited by A. J. H Latham and Heita Kawakatsu from the International Economic History Congresses looking at the development of the Asian Economy. Bringing together leading scholars from both the east and west, this book offers fascinating insights into the ...

The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1865-1914

The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1865-1914

1st Edition

By Richard Adelstein
December 08, 2016

Central economic planning is often associated with failed state socialism, and modern capitalism celebrated as its antithesis. This book shows that central planning is not always, or even primarily, a state enterprise, and that the giant industrial corporations that dominated the American economy ...

The Management of the National Debt of the United Kingdom 1900-1932

The Management of the National Debt of the United Kingdom 1900-1932

1st Edition

By Jeremy Wormell
November 24, 2016

This impressive and pioneering work describes and analyses the management of the national debt of the United Kingdom from the Boer War (1899-1902) to the period of the Great Depression in the early 1930s. It therefore spans the expansion of the debt during the Great War of 1914-18 and the struggle...

Europe's Green Revolution and Others Since The Rise and Fall of Peasant-Friendly Plant Breeding

Europe's Green Revolution and Others Since: The Rise and Fall of Peasant-Friendly Plant Breeding

1st Edition

By Jonathan Harwood
November 10, 2016

How best to foster agricultural development in the Third World has long been a subject of debate and from a European perspective the persistent failure to design peasant-friendly technology is puzzling. From the late 19th century, for example, various western European countries also underwent ‘...

Large Databases in Economic History Research Methods and Case Studies

Large Databases in Economic History: Research Methods and Case Studies

1st Edition

Edited By Mark Casson, Nigar Hashimzade
November 07, 2016

‘Big data’ is now readily available to economic historians, thanks to the digitisation of primary sources, collaborative research linking different data sets, and the publication of databases on the internet. Key economic indicators, such as the consumer price index, can be tracked over long ...

War, Power and the Economy Mercantilism and state formation in 18th-century Europe

War, Power and the Economy: Mercantilism and state formation in 18th-century Europe

1st Edition

By A. González Enciso
October 11, 2016

War, Power and the Economy contains a comparative history of Great Britain, France and Spain, the three rival empires of the 1700s. It explores how the states prepared for war, what kind of economic means they had, what institutional changes they implemented, and how efficient this was. As such, ...

The Second Bank of the United States “Central” banker in an era of nation-building, 1816–1836

The Second Bank of the United States: “Central” banker in an era of nation-building, 1816–1836

1st Edition

By Jane Ellen Knodell
September 19, 2016

The year 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Second Bank of the United States (1816-1836). This book is an economic history of an early central bank, the Second Bank of the United States (1816-36). After US President Andrew Jackson vetoed the re-chartering of the Bank in 1832, ...

European Banks and the Rise of International Finance The post-Bretton Woods era

European Banks and the Rise of International Finance: The post-Bretton Woods era

1st Edition

By Carlo Edoardo Altamura
August 29, 2016

The banking and financial sector has expanded dramatically in the last forty years, and the consequences of this accelerated growth have been felt by people around the world. European Banks and the Rise of International Finance examines the historical origins of the financialised world we live in ...

Britain's Place in the World Import Controls 1945-60

Britain's Place in the World: Import Controls 1945-60

1st Edition

By George Brennan, Alan Milward
July 08, 2016

Britain's Place in the World examines the establishment and effectiveness of import controls, particularly quotas. Placing quotas back in the centre of British history, Milward and Brennan make some radical claims for Britain's economic performance in a global context. Looking into a wide variety ...

Economic Ideas and Government Policy Contributions to Contemporary Economic History

Economic Ideas and Government Policy: Contributions to Contemporary Economic History

1st Edition

By Sir Alec Cairncross
July 08, 2016

This volume collects together Sir Alec Cairncross' most important contributions to the economic history of the post-1939 period. They address such major issues as the role of economists in the 2nd World War, the significance of the Marshall plan and Britain's relative economic decline. Together ...

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