The Routledge Handbook of Global Economic History documents and interprets the development of economic history as a global discipline from the later nineteenth century to the present day. Exploring the normative and relativistic nature of different schools and traditions of thought, this handbook not only examines current paradigmatic western approaches, but also those conceived in less open societies and in varied economic, political and cultural contexts. In doing so, this book clears the way for greater critical understanding and a more genuinely global approach to economic history.
This handbook brings together leading international contributors in order to systematically address cultural and intellectual traditions around the globe. Many of these are exposed for consideration for the first time in English. The chapters explore dominant ideas and historiographical trends, and open them up to critical transnational perspectives.
This volume is essential reading for both academics and students in economic and social history. As this field of study is very much a bridge between the social sciences and humanities, the issues examined in the book will also have relevance for those seeking to understand the evolution of other academic disciplines under the pressures of varied economic, political and cultural circumstances, on both national and global scales.
Table of Contents
1. Global economic history: Towards an interpretive turn Part I Anglo-American traditions 2. Economic history in Britain: The 'first industrial nation' 3. Beyond the old and the new: Economic history in the United States 4. Making a country (and an economy): Economic history in Canada 5. The rise and fall of Australian economic history Part II West European roots and responses 6. The legacy of German economic history: Archetypes and global diffusion 7. Economic history in France: A Sonderweg? 8. Icarus' flight: Economic history in the Italian mirror 9. Manufacturing the historic compromise: Swedish economic history and the triumph of the Swedish model 10. Spanish economic history: Lights and shadows in a process of convergence 11. The Low Countries, intellectual borderlands of economic history Part III Turning to the East 12. Economic history from the Russian Empire to the Russian Federation 13. A periphery at the centre of attention: Economic history in Poland 14. Continuity and discontinuity in the Czech and Slovak historiographies 15. Crossroads and Turns in Hungarian economic history Part IV The wider world 16. Economic history in Middle Eurasia: Beyond histories of stagnation and deficiencies 17. The history of Indian economic history 18. Economic history in China: Tradition, divergence and potential 19. Japanese economic history: Exploring diversity in development 20. Latin American economic history: Looking backwards for the future 21. Mexico's economic history: Much more than cliometrics and dependency theory 22. The formation of economic history in Brazil: From the South Atlantic to South America 23. Beyond a footnote: Indigenous scholars and the writing of West African economic history 24. Reflections on the economic history of South Africa 25. African encounters with global narratives Part V Challenges and ways ahead 26. Culture, power and contestation: Multiple roads from the past to the future
Francesco Boldizzoni is Research Professor in Economic History at the University of Turin and a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.
Pat Hudson is Emeritus Professor of Economic History at Cardiff University and recently completed a four year term as Visiting Professor in Economic History at the London School of Economics.
‘Of all the subjects representing higher education in the humanities and social sciences, economic history has experienced almost no difficulties or resistance to taking the global turn. The distinguished editors of this collection of essays have recruited an impressive group of scholars from many national traditions to tell us how the field has evolved into the universal discipline for our times.’ — Patrick K. O'Brien, Centennial Professor of Global Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science.
‘This Handbook is a splendid introduction to the way economic development and capitalism has been imagined and researched. Even more important, it’s a powerful contribution to understanding modern societies everywhere from a world perspective, not just a European/American perspective. Researchers and students from all the social sciences, as well as specialists in economic history, will learn important lessons here.’ — Raewyn Connell, Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney, and author of Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science.
‘To understand contemporary globalization, there is no question that comparative economic history provides an unparalleled vantage point for readers from any discipline. In this volume Boldizzoni and Hudson bring together a superb group of specialists in the field from around the globe.’ — Carlos Marichal, Professor of Latin American Economic History, El Colegio de México.
‘Boldizzoni and Hudson call to action a number of world experts to debate the contours of economic history for a global age. Whilst economic history has become a global field of research, they claim that it should not be a simple extension of the tools, narratives and methodologies adopted in the West. This book pioneers a new age for economic history.’ — Giorgio Riello, Professor of Global History, University of Warwick.
‘At last a book that explores the diverse approaches to economic history adopted across the world. A dominant Anglo-American account of the "Rise of the West" or "Great Divergence" is diluted and a new approach to world economic history comes to the fore. This is an important book for academics and university students who are genuinely interested in understanding, researching and publishing on this important subject.’ — William J. Ashworth, University of Liverpool.
‘This book will become required reading for economic historians who are interested in the historiography of their own field. Global economic history has so often been viewed from a particular national perspective. This book shows how different regions had different academic labour markets and political agendas, and these shaped how economic history was written.’ — Helen Paul, University of Southampton.
'Francesco Boldizzoni and Pat Hudson have compiled a fascinating collection of 24 historiographical surveys on the economic history of countries and regions from six out of seven continents of the world, bookended by their introductory essay and their concluding essay. […] The scholarship in each of the chapters is excellent and the editors are to be saluted for their efforts in recruiting such strong scholars from all corners of the globe. Those with serious interests in economic history will want to consult this volume and at a minimum request it for their library’s reference collection.' — David Mitch, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA (published on EH.net).