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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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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 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...

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 ...

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