An Economist’s Guide to Economic History

  • Matthias Blum
  • Christopher L. Colvin

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Matthias Blum, Christopher L. Colvin
    Pages 1-10
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Christopher L. Colvin, Homer Wagenaar
      Pages 13-20
    3. Vincent J. Geloso
      Pages 21-29
    4. Robert P. Gilles
      Pages 31-39
    5. Tim Leunig
      Pages 41-45
    6. Matthias Flückiger
      Pages 55-59
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. John D. Turner
      Pages 63-70
    3. Alan de Bromhead
      Pages 71-77
    4. Sebastian T. Braun
      Pages 79-86
    5. Meeghan Rogers
      Pages 87-94
    6. William Quinn
      Pages 95-102
    7. Larry D. Neal
      Pages 103-109
    8. Vellore Arthi
      Pages 111-119
    9. Sascha O. Becker
      Pages 121-131
    10. Guido Alfani, Cormac Ó Gráda
      Pages 133-141
    11. Jane Humphries
      Pages 143-152
    12. Richard H. Steckel
      Pages 153-158
    13. Rowena Gray
      Pages 159-165
    14. Michael Aldous
      Pages 167-174
    15. Alexander Donges
      Pages 175-183
    16. Andrew Seltzer
      Pages 185-192
    17. Jared Rubin
      Pages 193-200
    18. Christopher L. Colvin, Alexandra M. de Pleijt
      Pages 201-210
    19. Gerben Bakker
      Pages 211-222
    20. Christopher L. Colvin
      Pages 223-229
    21. Paul R. Sharp
      Pages 231-237
    22. Eoin McLaughlin
      Pages 239-248
  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Eva Rosenstock
      Pages 251-258
    3. Jari Eloranta
      Pages 259-266
    4. Matthias Blum
      Pages 267-276
    5. Peter Foldvari
      Pages 277-284
    6. Alexander Moradi
      Pages 285-292
    7. Tirthankar Roy
      Pages 293-299
    8. Stephen L. Morgan
      Pages 301-308
    9. Les Oxley
      Pages 309-317
    10. Price V. Fishback
      Pages 319-328
    11. Leonardo Weller
      Pages 329-337
  6. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Judy Z. Stephenson
      Pages 341-346
    3. William J. Collins
      Pages 347-353
    4. Graham Brownlow
      Pages 355-364
    5. Abe de Jong, Hugo van Driel
      Pages 365-370
    6. Mark Koyama
      Pages 371-378
    7. Matthias Blum
      Pages 379-384
    8. Matthias Blum, Arcangelo Dimico
      Pages 385-393

About this book


Without economic history, economics runs the risk of being too abstract or parochial, of failing to notice precedents, trends and cycles, of overlooking the long-run and thus misunderstanding ‘how we got here’. Recent financial and economic crises illustrate spectacularly how the economics profession has not learnt from its past.

This important and unique book addresses this problem by demonstrating the power of historical thinking in economic research. Concise chapters guide economics lecturers and their students through the field of economic history, demonstrating the use of historical thinking in economic research, and advising them on how they can actively engage with economic history in their teaching and learning.

Blum and Colvin bring together important voices in the field to show readers how they can use their existing economics training to explore different facets of economic history. Each chapter introduces a question or topic, historical context or research method and explores how they can be used in economics scholarship and pedagogy. In a century characterised to date by economic uncertainty, bubbles and crashes, An Economist’s Guide to Economic History is essential reading.

Matthias Blum and Christopher L. Colvin are economic historians based at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Blum has research interests in measurement, health and wellbeing, and economic development in the long-run. Colvin works on historical banking crises, corporate governance and the economics of religion. Besides teaching and supervising students in economic history, they always make a point of incorporating historical thinking into the other field courses they teach, including econometrics, development economics, industrial organisation and managerial economics.


Economic crises Economic policy Economic institutions and markets Global history, the Great Divergence Globalisation WW1, WW2 Casual inference Time series analysis Archival methods Economic history for economists American Economic History Economic Theory and Economic History The History of Economic Thought and Economic Policy Teaching Economics Econometric Identification Network analysis Asian Economic History European Economic History Latin American Economic History African Economic History

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthias Blum
    • 1
  • Christopher L. Colvin
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastUK
  2. 2.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastUK

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