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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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Economic Analysis of Institutional Change in Ancient Greece Politics, Taxation and Rational Behaviour

Economic Analysis of Institutional Change in Ancient Greece: Politics, Taxation and Rational Behaviour

1st Edition

By Carl Hampus Lyttkens
February 27, 2015

This book presents an economic analysis of the causes and consequences of institutional change in ancient Athens. Focusing on the period 800-300 BCE, it looks in particular at the development of political institutions and taxation, including a new look at the activities of individuals like Solon, ...

Nationalism and Economic Development in Modern Eurasia

Nationalism and Economic Development in Modern Eurasia

1st Edition

By Carl Mosk
February 27, 2015

This book advances a new theory of why nationalism emerged in the modern world. In particular it explains why nationalism and economic development are closely linked, and why warfare plays a crucial role in the spread of the nation-state system. It is based on qualitative and quantitative evidence ...

Privatization and Transition in Russia in the Early 1990s

Privatization and Transition in Russia in the Early 1990s

1st Edition

By Carol Scott Leonard, David Pitt-Watson
February 27, 2015

Few economic events have caused such controversy as the privatization process in Russia. Some see it as the foundation of political and economic freedom. For others it was economics gone wrong, and ended in "Russians stealing money from their own country". As Russia reasserts itself, and its new ...

The History of Bankruptcy Economic, Social and Cultural Implications in Early Modern Europe

The History of Bankruptcy: Economic, Social and Cultural Implications in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Thomas Max Safley
February 27, 2015

This volume takes up bankruptcy in early modern Europe, when its frequency made it not only an economic problem but a personal tragedy and a social evil. Using legal, business and personal records, the essays in this volume examine the impact of failure on business organizations and practices, ...

The Political Economy of Disaster Destitution, Plunder and Earthquake in Haiti

The Political Economy of Disaster: Destitution, Plunder and Earthquake in Haiti

1st Edition

By Mats Lundahl
February 27, 2015

Haiti, one of the least developed and most vulnerable nations in the Western Hemisphere, made the international headlines in January 2010 when an earthquake destroyed the capital, Port-au-Prince. More than a year later, little reconstruction has taken place, in spite of a strong international ...

Conceiving Companies Joint Stock Politics in Victorian England

Conceiving Companies: Joint Stock Politics in Victorian England

1st Edition

By Timothy L. Alborn
December 01, 2014

Questions concerning the relationships and boundaries between 'private' business and 'public' government are of great and perennial concern to economists, economic and business historians, political scientists and historians.Conceiving Companies discusses the birth and development of joint-stock ...

Monetary Standards and Exchange Rates

Monetary Standards and Exchange Rates

1st Edition

Edited By Maria Cristina Marcuzzo, Lawrence H. Officer
December 01, 2014

In this volume an international team of distinguished monetary historians examine the historical experience of exchange rate behaviour under different monetary regimes. The main focus is on metallic standards and fixed exchange rates, such as the gold standard. With its combination of thematic ...

Production Efficiency in Domesday England, 1086

Production Efficiency in Domesday England, 1086

1st Edition

By John McDonald
December 01, 2014

This fascinating study uses Domesday book data and Management Science methods to examine manorial production efficiency in Medieval Essex in 1086. This book reveals unexpected facts about economic history, and is a remarkable contribution to economic history and medieval studies. It will be of ...

The British Industrial Decline

The British Industrial Decline

1st Edition

Edited By Michael Dintenfass, Jean-Pierre Dormois
December 01, 2014

The decline of British Industry in the late Victorian and early Edwardian period is the subject of major concern to economic and modern British historians. This book sets out the present state of the discussion and introduces new directions in which the debate about the British decline is now ...

Central Banking in a Democracy The Federal Reserve and its Alternatives

Central Banking in a Democracy: The Federal Reserve and its Alternatives

1st Edition

By John H. Wood
October 28, 2014

The Federal Reserve System, which has been Congress’s agent for the control of money since 1913, has a mixed reputation. Its errors have been huge. It was the principal cause of the Great Depression of the 1930s and the inflation of the 1970s, and participated in the massive bailouts of financial ...

The History of Migration in Europe Perspectives from Economics, Politics and Sociology

The History of Migration in Europe: Perspectives from Economics, Politics and Sociology

1st Edition

Edited By Francesca Fauri
October 13, 2014

The History of Migration in Europe belies several myths by arguing, for example, that immobility has not been the "normal" condition of people before the modern era. Migration (far from being an income-maximizing choice taken by lone individuals) is often a household strategy, and local wages ...

A History of Market Performance From Ancient Babylonia to the Modern World

A History of Market Performance: From Ancient Babylonia to the Modern World

1st Edition

Edited By R.J. Van der Spek, Jan Luiten van Zanden, Bas van Leeuwen
September 03, 2014

This exciting new volume examines the development of market performance from Antiquity until the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Efficient market structures are agreed by most economists to serve as evidence of economic prosperity, and to be prerequisites for further economic growth. However, ...

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