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The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History

Francesco Boldizzoni

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144009
eISBN:
9781400838851
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144009.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This book challenges the hold that cliometrics—an approach to economic history that employs the analytical tools of economists—has exerted on the study of our economic past. This book calls for the ... More


Truth on the Cross: Science and Ideology

Francesco Boldizzoni

in The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144009
eISBN:
9781400838851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144009.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter begins with a discussion of the roots of economic history. It then turns to the identity crisis faced by economic history today, brought about by the development of a movement founded in ... More


Economics With a Human Face?

Francesco Boldizzoni

in The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144009
eISBN:
9781400838851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144009.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

The major misunderstanding about cliometrics comes from the subsequent spread of Douglass North's new institutional approach. North claims to have challenged traditional economic theory, which he ... More


The Fanciful World of Clio

Francesco Boldizzoni

in The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144009
eISBN:
9781400838851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144009.003.0003
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Cliometrics has evolved into a literary genre having little to do with numbers in the sense of econometric testing, though a lot to do with the deductive stance of the new institutional economics and ... More


The World we Have Lost: Microeconomic History

Francesco Boldizzoni

in The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144009
eISBN:
9781400838851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144009.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter is the first of two that intends to show that it is possible to practice a different type of economic history from cliometrics, without lapsing into narrative history. It involves ... More


The World we Have Lost: Macroeconomic Perspectives

Francesco Boldizzoni

in The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144009
eISBN:
9781400838851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144009.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter covers macroeconomic issues, including economic cycles, money, price levels, the nature of growth, and the historical roots of underdevelopment. It shows how the micro level is logically ... More


Building on the Past: The Creative Power of History

Francesco Boldizzoni

in The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144009
eISBN:
9781400838851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144009.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter is a manifesto for the reconstruction of economic history and calls for a new pact between history and the social sciences in order to counter the way economists have abused the past. ... More


Domesday Economy: A New Approach to Anglo-Norman History

John McDonald and G. D. Snooks

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198285243
eISBN:
9780191596636
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198285248.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

The authors apply modern theoretical and statistical methods to the unique data source of Domesday Book (1086) to analyse the system of manorial production and the nature of the national tax system ... More


Restless Clio: A Story of the Economic Historians' Assessment of History in Economics

Chris Freeman and Francisco Louçã

in As Time Goes By: From the Industrial Revolutions to the Information Revolution

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199251056
eISBN:
9780191596278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199251053.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Economic history has always been quite a peculiar department both in the domain of history and that of economics; dealing with change, institutions, collective rationality, and conflicting strategies ... More


Bankrupt in America: A History of Debtors, Their Creditors, and the Law in the Twentieth Century

Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Bradley A. Hansen

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226679563
eISBN:
9780226679730
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226679730.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Though the U.S. Constitution granted it the power to create a bankruptcy law, Congress did not pass the first permanent bankruptcy law until 1898. Bankruptcies rose from about one per 10,000 people ... More


Productivity Growth and the Regional Dynamics of Antebellum Southern Development

Alan L. Olmstead and Paul W. Rhode

in Economic Evolution and Revolution in Historical Time

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804771856
eISBN:
9780804777629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804771856.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter discusses the geographical expansion of cotton cultivation in the antebellum South. It describes the interregional differences in production and productivity growth and the extent of the ... More


How the USA Lost the Civil War

Catherine Gallagher

in Telling It Like It Wasn't: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226512389
eISBN:
9780226512556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512556.003.0004
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter traces the history of the counterfactual premise that the Confederacy might have successfully seceded from the union. Beginning at the time of the war itself and continuing into our own ... More


Introduction

Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Bradley A. Hansen

in Bankrupt in America: A History of Debtors, Their Creditors, and the Law in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226679563
eISBN:
9780226679730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226679730.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

The introduction acquaints the reader with what is already known about bankruptcy in the twentieth century, describes the methods used in the book, and previews the central argument. The chapter ... More


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