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Perspectives in Economic and Social History


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We welcome new submissions for Perspectives in Economic and Social History. Please contact the series editors, Jari Eloranta (Economic History) and Andrew August (Social History), or Natalie Tomlinson, Editor for Economics at Routledge (natalie.tomlinson@tandf.co.uk).

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A History of States and Economic Policies in Early Modern Europe

A History of States and Economic Policies in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Silvia A. Conca Messina
May 14, 2019

Why was early modern Europe the starting point of the economic expansion which led to the industrial revolution? What was the state’s role in this momentous transformation? States and Economic Policies in Early Modern Europe takes a comparative approach to answer these questions, demonstrating that...

Labor Before the Industrial Revolution: Work, Technology and their Ecologies in an Age of Early Capitalism

Labor Before the Industrial Revolution: Work, Technology and their Ecologies in an Age of Early Capitalism

1st Edition

Thomas Max Safley
November 07, 2018

One cannot conceive of capitalism without labor. Yet many of the current debates about economic development leading to industrialization fail to directly engage with labor at all. This collection of essays strives to correct this oversight and to reintroduce labor into the great debates about...

Prostitution and Social Control in Eighteenth-Century Ports

Prostitution and Social Control in Eighteenth-Century Ports

1st Edition

Marion Pluskota
October 24, 2018

In the last third of the eighteenth-century, Bristol and Nantes were two of the most active commercial ports of England and France, despite a slowdown of their economy. Their economies were based primarily on the maritime trade, but they developed alongside Atlantic industries that attracted many...

Small and Medium Powers in Global History: Trade, Conflicts, and Neutrality from the 18th to the 20th Centuries

Small and Medium Powers in Global History: Trade, Conflicts, and Neutrality from the 18th to the 20th Centuries

1st Edition

Jari Eloranta, Eric Golson, Peter Hedberg, Maria Cristina Moreira
September 06, 2018

This volume brings together a leading group of scholars to offer a new perspective on the history of conflicts and trade, focusing on the role of small and medium, or "weak", and often neutral states. Existing historiography has often downplayed the importance of such states in world trade, during...

Mercantilism, Account Keeping and the Periphery-Core Relationship

Mercantilism, Account Keeping and the Periphery-Core Relationship

1st Edition

Cheryl Susan McWatters
July 26, 2018

Mercantilism and accounting remain two dynamic and debated concepts in terms of definition and scope. This volume brings together the research of international scholars from a wide variety of disciplines – accounting, anthropology, native studies, economic geography, economic history and management...

An Urban History of The Plague: Socio-Economic, Political and Medical Impacts in a Scottish Community, 1500–1650

An Urban History of The Plague: Socio-Economic, Political and Medical Impacts in a Scottish Community, 1500–1650

1st Edition

Karen Jillings
April 12, 2018

As a medical, economic, spiritual and demographic crisis, plague affected practically every aspect of an early modern community whether on a local, regional or national scale. Its study therefore affords opportunities for the reassessment of many aspects of the pre-modern world. This book examines...

The Economic and Business History of Occupied Japan: New Perspectives

The Economic and Business History of Occupied Japan: New Perspectives

1st Edition

Thomas French
August 10, 2017

The Occupation era (1945-1952) witnessed major change in Japan and the beginnings of its growth from of the ashes of defeat towards its status as a developmental model for much of the world. The period arguably saw the sowing of the seeds of the post-war flowering of what some term the ‘postwar...

A History of Drink and the English, 1500–2000

A History of Drink and the English, 1500–2000

1st Edition

Paul Jennings
May 24, 2017

This book is an introduction to the history of alcoholic drink in England from the end of the Middle Ages to the present day. Treating the subject thematically, it covers who drank, what they drank, how much, who produced and sold drink, the places where it was enjoyed and the meanings which...

Culture, Philanthropy and the Poor in Late-Victorian London

Culture, Philanthropy and the Poor in Late-Victorian London

1st Edition

Geoffrey A. C. Ginn
April 27, 2017

2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title ******************************** The Late-Victorian cultural mission to London’s slums was a peculiar effort towards social reform that today is largely forgotten or misunderstood. The philanthropy of middle and upper-class social workers saw hundreds of art...

Working-Class Community in the Age of Affluence

Working-Class Community in the Age of Affluence

1st Edition

Stefan Ramsden
March 02, 2017

It has appeared to many commentators that the most fundamental change in what it is meant to be working-class in twentieth-century Britain came not as a result of war or of want, but of prosperity. Social investigators documented how the relative affluence of the 1950s and 1960s improved the...

Property Rights in Land: Issues in social, economic and global history

Property Rights in Land: Issues in social, economic and global history

1st Edition

Rosa Congost, Jorge Gelman, Rui Santos
September 27, 2016

Property Rights in Land widens our understanding of property rights by looking through the lenses of social history and sociology, discussing mainstream theory of new institutional economics and the derived grand narrative of economic development.   As neo-institutional development theory has...

Merchants and Trade Networks in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, 1550-1800: Connectors of commercial maritime systems

Merchants and Trade Networks in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, 1550-1800: Connectors of commercial maritime systems

1st Edition

Manuel Herrero Sánchez, Klemens Kaps
August 09, 2016

This collective volume explores the ways merchants managed to connect different spaces all over the globe in the early modern period by organizing the movement of goods, capital, information and cultural objects between different commercial maritime systems in the Mediterranean and Atlantic basin....

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