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Atlantic Metropolis

An Economic History of New York City

  • Views New York City through the neglected lens of urban economic history

  • Explains how, when, and why economic life in New York City evolved

  • Presents an overview of New York's economic history in a single volume


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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 5-62
    3. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 63-91
    4. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 93-122
  3. Introduction 1815–1924: The Displaced Nineteenth Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-133
    2. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 135-147
    3. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 149-187
    4. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 189-232
    5. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 233-245
    6. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 247-274
    7. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 275-299
    8. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 301-322
    9. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 323-358
  4. Introduction 1924–~1979: The Short Twentieth Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 359-367
    2. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 449-499
    3. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 501-535
    4. Aaron Gurwitz
      Pages 537-565

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

  1. 1.New YorkUSA

About the authors

Aaron Gurwitz’s interest in his home town’s history began to germinate in the early 1980s he managed the Regional Economics group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  He pursued this interest as an avocation through three decades while working as an economist and strategist at a series of global investment banks.  Since his retirement from that career in 2012 he has been able to devote most of his time to this subject, as an adjunct faculty member at local colleges and as the author of this volume.  He earned his PhD in economics with a specialization in urban and regional analysis at Stanford University, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Atlantic Metropolis
  • Book Subtitle An Economic History of New York City
  • Authors Aaron Gurwitz
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in American Economic History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in American Economic History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-13351-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-13354-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-13352-8
  • Series ISSN 2662-3900
  • Series E-ISSN 2662-3919
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXX, 737
  • Number of Illustrations 19 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economic History
    Urban Economics
    US History
    Urban History
    Modern History
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