- Economic history
Economic history is the study of how economic phenomena evolved in the past. Analysis in economic
historyis undertaken using a combination of historical methods, statistical methodsand by applying economic theory to historical situations. The topic includes business historyand overlaps with areas of social historysuch as demographic historyand labor history. Quantitative economic history is also referred to as cliometrics.
Practitioners and advocates of the first approach, which was for a long time dominant in the
United Kingdom, generally regarded economic history as being either an independent discipline or a subfield of history. Practitioners of the second approach, which is more influential in the United States, usually regard economic history as a subfield of economics. In France, economic theory and demographics was early integrated into mainstream historiography due to the large impact of the " Annales School" of history from the 1920sand onwards.
Economic history has been a contentious issue in the United Kingdom for many years. The
London School of Economicsand Oxbridgehad numerous duels over the separation of economics and economic theory. Oxbridge believed that pure economics involved a component of economic history and that the two were inseparably entangled. The relative newcomer, the London School of Economics (LSE), believed that economic history warranted its own course, program, study and research apart from pure economics. The Economic History Societyhad its inauguration at LSE in 1926. Eventually, the LSE position seems to have won out and now many schools in the UK and the US have now developed programs in economic history which have their roots in the LSE model of separating economics and economic history. Often, economic historians such as Robert Fogeland Douglass North, both Nobel laureates in economics, and Nicholas Crafts, of LSE fame, are called upon to advise for some of the world foremost economic institutions: WEF, WTO, OECD and others.
Cliometrics" refers to the systematic use of economic theory and econometricstechniques to study "economic history". The term was originally coined by Jonathan R.T. Hughes and Stanley Reiter in 1960and refers to Clio, who was the museof history and heroic poetry in Greek mythology. This term is also sometimes used referring to counterfactual history.
Notable economic historians
Ram Sharan Sharma
* Thomas C. Cochran
Charles P. Kindleberger
The Great Moderation
History of economic thought
History of international trade
List of recessions
List of countries by past GDP (PPP)- For historical gross domestic product(GDP) ( purchasing power parity) figures from 1 AD to 1998
List of countries by past GDP (nominal)- For historical GDP (nominal) figures from 1998 to 2003
* Rondo Cameron and
Larry Neal(2003, 4th ed.) "A Concise Economic History of the World: From Paleolithic Times to the Present",480 pp., including annotated bibliography, Oxford. [http://www.us.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Economics/History/~~/dmlldz11c2EmY2k9OTc4MDE5NTEyNzA1OA=?view=usa&sf=toc&ci=9780195127058 Table of Contents,]
* N.F.R. Crafts (1987). "economic history," "", v. 2, pp. 37-42.
* Joel Mokyr, ed. (2003), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 5 vols.
* Graeme Snooks (1993), Economics without Time. A Science Blind to the Forces of Historical Change.
Articles and lectures
* [http://www.iisg.nl/research/jvz-research.pdf On global economic history] by Jan Luiten van Zanden. Explores the idea of the inevitability of the Industrial Revolution.
Economic History Services (EHS)
* [http://www.ehs.org.uk/ Economic History Society] Economic History Society (EHS), publisher of the "Economic History Review"
* [http://eh.net/ EH.Net] Economic History Services - Includes Economic History Encyclopedia, Ask the Professor, Book Reviews, databases, directories, bibliographies, mailing lists, and an
* [http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/ieha/ International Economic History Association (IEHA)]
* [http://www.eh.net/EHA/ Economic History Association]
* [http://www.eh.net/databases/finance/ Flandreau: Global Finance data series]
* [http://www.historicalstatistics.org Historicalstatistics.org] - Links to historical economic statistics for different countries and regions.
* [http://www.oecdbookshop.org/oecd/display.asp?K=5L9ZBQKL5RLW&lang=EN Maddison (2006), "The World Economy", OECD, Paris.]
* [http://www.ggdc.net/maddison/ Angus Maddison's Historical Dataseries] -Series on GDP, Population and GDP per capita from the year 0 up to 2003
* [http://www.ggdc.net/ Groningen Growth and Development Centre Total Economy Database] -Series on GDP, Population, Employment, Hours worked, GDP per capita and productivity (per person and per hour) from 1950 up to 2006
* [http://www.helsinki.fi/iehc2006/ XIV International Economic History Conference] (2006)
* [http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/ieha International Economic History Association]
* [http://www.eabh.info The European Association for Banking and Financial History e. V.]
EHS By country
* [http://eh.net/encyclopedia EH.Net Encyclopedia] :
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/attard.australia Australia]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/lacroix.hawaii.history Hawaii]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/schenk.HongKong Hong Kong]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/touwen.indonesia Indonesia]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/halevi.israel Israel]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/mosk.japan.final Japan]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/cha.korea Korea]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/drabble.malaysia Malaysia]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/Singleton.NZ New Zealand]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/grytten.norway Norway]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/amaral.portugal Portugal]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/schon.sweden Sweden]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/olds.taiwan.economic.history Taiwan]
** [http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/Bertola.Uruguay.final Uruguay]
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