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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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An Economic History of Modern Sweden

An Economic History of Modern Sweden

1st Edition

By Lennart Schön
June 17, 2016

The book is based on a rich and detailed quantitative material from research over the past decades with consecutive time series over production volumes, employment, productivity, investments etc. for sectors and branches covering the whole economy, even including estimates of non-marketed domestic ...

The International Tin Cartel

The International Tin Cartel

1st Edition

By John Hillman
June 14, 2016

For most of the twentieth century, tin was the site of new forms of international regulation which became a model for other commodities. The onset of the depression of the 1930s saw a collapse in commodity prices, and governments of tin producing countries decided to form a cartel to return the ...

The Conservatives and Industrial Efficiency, 1951-1964 Thirteen Wasted Years?

The Conservatives and Industrial Efficiency, 1951-1964: Thirteen Wasted Years?

1st Edition

By Nick Tiratsoo, Jim Tomlinson
May 04, 2016

The Conservatives and Industrial Efficiency, 1951-1964 responds to the need for a full assessment of the Conservatives performance in this crucial period. Drawing upon a wide range of archival sources, Nick Tiratsoo and Jim Tomlinson explore the different aspects of the efficiency question. ...

The Role of Banks in Monitoring Firms The Case of the Credit Mobilier

The Role of Banks in Monitoring Firms: The Case of the Credit Mobilier

1st Edition

By Elisabeth Paulet
April 27, 2016

This book addresses issues in the current literature on corporate finance using historical evidence. In particular it looks at the role of universal banks in relaxing the credit constraints of firms, supervising managers and stabilizing share prices. The key issues is whether the Anglo-American ...

Regulating Competition Cartel registers in the twentieth-century world

Regulating Competition: Cartel registers in the twentieth-century world

1st Edition

Edited By Susanna Fellman, Martin Shanahan
December 22, 2015

Cartels, trusts and agreements to reduce competition between firms have existed for centuries, but became particularly prevalent toward the end of the 19th century. In the mid-20th century governments began to use so called ‘cartel registers’ to monitor and regulate their behaviour. This book ...

Innovation and Technological Diffusion An economic history of early steam engines

Innovation and Technological Diffusion: An economic history of early steam engines

1st Edition

By Harry Kitsikopoulos
November 12, 2015

This book deals with two key aspects of the history of steam engines, a cornerstone of the Industrial Revolution, specifically the road that led to its discovery and the process of diffusion of the early steam engines. The first part of the volume outlines the technological and scientific ...

The State and Business in the Major Powers An Economic History 1815-1939

The State and Business in the Major Powers: An Economic History 1815-1939

1st Edition

By Robert Millward
August 27, 2015

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the state emerged as a major player in the economies of the Western World. This important new volume provides an economic history for the period 1815-1939 of state/business relations in the major powers: France, Germany, Japan, Russia, UK and the USA. The book ...

Pacific Centuries Pacific and Pacific Rim Economic History Since the 16th Century

Pacific Centuries: Pacific and Pacific Rim Economic History Since the 16th Century

1st Edition

Edited By Dennis O. Flynn, Lionel Frost, A.J.H. Latham
July 16, 2015

Starting with the 16th century trade of Latin American silver and Chinese silk, leading researchers trace the economic, environmental and social history of the Pacific region. Chapters examine the trade of diverse commodities within the Pacific and analyse the ecological and social impacts of this ...

Labour-Intensive Industrialization in Global History

Labour-Intensive Industrialization in Global History

1st Edition

Edited By Gareth Austin, Kaoru Sugihara
May 21, 2015

The prevailing view of industrialization has focussed on technology, capital, entrepreneurship and the institutions that enabled them to be deployed. Labour was often equated with other factors of production, and assigned a relatively passive role. Yet it was labour absorption and the improvement ...

Famines in European Economic History The Last Great European Famines Reconsidered

Famines in European Economic History: The Last Great European Famines Reconsidered

1st Edition

Edited By Declan Curran, Lubomyr Luciuk, Andrew G. Newby
May 01, 2015

This volume explores economic, social, and political dimensions of three catastrophic famines which struck mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Europe; the Irish Famine (An Gorta Mór ) of 1845–1850, the Finnish Famine (Suuret Nälkävuodet) of the 1860s and the Ukrainian Famine (Holodomor) of ...

Agricultural Transformation in a Global History Perspective

Agricultural Transformation in a Global History Perspective

1st Edition

Edited By Ellen Hillbom, Patrick Svensson
February 27, 2015

History teaches us that agricultural growth and development is necessary for achieving overall better living conditions in all societies. Although this process may seem homogenous when looked at from the outside, it is full of diversity within. This book captures this diversity by presenting ...

Colonial Exploitation and Economic Development The Belgian Congo and the Netherlands Indies Compared

Colonial Exploitation and Economic Development: The Belgian Congo and the Netherlands Indies Compared

1st Edition

Edited By Ewout Frankema, Frans Buelens
February 27, 2015

Since many countries in the world at present were European colonies in the not so distant past, the relationship between colonial institutions and development outcomes is a key topic of study across many disciplines. This edited volume, from a leading international group of scholars, discusses the...

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