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An Economic History of Famine Resilience

An Economic History of Famine Resilience

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jessica Dijkman, Bas van Leeuwen
October 28, 2019

Food crises have always tested societies. This volume discusses societal resilience to food crises, examining the responses and strategies at the societal level that effectively helped individuals and groups to cope with drops in food supply, in various parts of the world over the past two...

Family Firms and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe: The Business, Bankruptcy and Resilience of the Höchstetters of Augsburg

Family Firms and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe: The Business, Bankruptcy and Resilience of the Höchstetters of Augsburg

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Thomas Max Safley
October 14, 2019

This fascinating study follows the fortunes of the Höchstetter family, merchant-manufacturers and financiers of Augsburg, Germany in the late-fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, and sheds light on the economic and social history of failure and resilience in early modern Europe. Carefully...

The Economic Development of Europe's Regions: A Quantitative History since 1900

The Economic Development of Europe's Regions: A Quantitative History since 1900

1st Edition

Joan Ramón Rosés, Nikolaus Wolf
November 22, 2018

This book is the first quantitative description of Europe’s economic development at a regional level over the entire twentieth century. Based on a new and comprehensive set of data, it brings together a group of leading economic historians in order to describe and analyze the development of...

Natural Resources and Economic Growth: Learning from History

Natural Resources and Economic Growth: Learning from History

1st Edition

Marc Badia-Miró, Vicente Pinilla, Henry Willebald
August 06, 2018

The relationship between natural capital and economic growth is an open debate in the   field of economic development. Is an abundance of natural resources a blessing or a curse for economic performance? The field of Economic History offers an excellent vantage to explore the relevance of...

The Development of Modern Industries in Bengal: ReIndustrialisation, 1858–1914

The Development of Modern Industries in Bengal: ReIndustrialisation, 1858–1914

1st Edition

Indrajit Ray
June 11, 2018

Bengal’s traditional industries, once celebrated worldwide, largely decayed under the backwash effects of the British Industrial Revolution in the first half of the nineteenth century. Although colonial ambivalence is often cited as an explanation, this study also shows that a series of new...

Money, Currency and Crisis: In Search of Trust, 2000 BC to AD 2000

Money, Currency and Crisis: In Search of Trust, 2000 BC to AD 2000

1st Edition

R.J. van der Spek, Bas van Leeuwen
May 31, 2018

Money is a core feature in all discussions of economic crisis, as is clear from the debates about the responses of the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States to the 2008 economic crisis. This volume explores the role of money in economic performance, and focuses on...

The Political Economy of Mercantilism

The Political Economy of Mercantilism

1st Edition

Lars Magnusson
January 03, 2018

Since the days of Adam Smith, Mercantilism has been a hotly debated issue. Condemned at the end of the 18th century as a "false" system of economic thinking and political practice, it has returned paradoxically to the forefront in regard to issues such as the creation of economic growth in...

The Western Allies and Soviet Potential in World War II: Economy, Society and Military Power

The Western Allies and Soviet Potential in World War II: Economy, Society and Military Power

1st Edition

Martin Kahn
March 22, 2017

World War II was the largest and most devastating war in modern history with far-reaching consequences. The single most important campaign was the Soviet–German war, which consumed the lion share of Germany’s military resources. In contrast to the tone in German and Anglo-American precampaign...

The Evolving Structure of the East Asian Economic System since 1700: A Comparative Analysis

The Evolving Structure of the East Asian Economic System since 1700: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

A.J.H. Latham, Heita Kawakatsu
December 09, 2016

This book is the fifth volume of essays edited by A. J. H Latham and Heita Kawakatsu from the International Economic History Congresses looking at the development of the Asian Economy. Bringing together leading scholars from both the east and west, this book offers fascinating insights into the...

The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1865-1914

The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1865-1914

1st Edition

Richard Adelstein
December 09, 2016

Central economic planning is often associated with failed state socialism, and modern capitalism celebrated as its antithesis. This book shows that central planning is not always, or even primarily, a state enterprise, and that the giant industrial corporations that dominated the American economy...

The Management of the National Debt of the United Kingdom 1900-1932

The Management of the National Debt of the United Kingdom 1900-1932

1st Edition

Jeremy Wormell
November 25, 2016

This impressive and pioneering work describes and analyses the management of the national debt of the United Kingdom from the Boer War (1899-1902) to the period of the Great Depression in the early 1930s. It therefore spans the expansion of the debt during the Great War of 1914-18 and the struggle...

Europe's Green Revolution and Others Since: The Rise and Fall of Peasant-Friendly Plant Breeding

Europe's Green Revolution and Others Since: The Rise and Fall of Peasant-Friendly Plant Breeding

1st Edition

Jonathan Harwood
November 11, 2016

How best to foster agricultural development in the Third World has long been a subject of debate and from a European perspective the persistent failure to design peasant-friendly technology is puzzling. From the late 19th century, for example, various western European countries also underwent ‘...

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