Atlantic Metropolis

An Economic History of New York City

  • Aaron Gurwitz

Part of the Palgrave Studies in American Economic History book series (AEH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Introduction 1600–1815: From Pre-Contact to the Treaty of Vienna

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  3. Introduction 1815–1924: The Displaced Nineteenth Century

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  4. Introduction 1924–~1979: The Short Twentieth Century

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  5. ~1979–~2008: The Post Crisis Recovery

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 673-737

About this book


This book applies the contents of a working economist’s tool-kit to explain, clearly and intuitively, when and why over the course of four centuries individuals, families, and enterprises decided to locate in or around the lower Hudson River Valley.  Collectively those millions of decisions have made New York one of the twenty-first century’s few truly global cities.  A recurrent analytic theme of this work is that the ups and downs of New York’s trajectory are best understood in the context of what was happening elsewhere in the broader Atlantic world. Readers will find that the Atlantic perspective viewed through an economic lens goes a long way toward clarifying otherwise quite perplexing historical events and trends. 


urban economics economic history regional studies regional economics urban history urban biography Atlantic history

Authors and affiliations

  • Aaron Gurwitz
    • 1
  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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