The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History: 5 volumes: print and e-reference editions available

Hardcover | August 13, 2003

EditorJoel Mokyr

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It is difficult to understand history or the conditions of modern society without a strong grasp of the economic past. Time and again, historic change is wrought by an underlying economic dynamic. For instance, what were the economic roots of modern industrialism? Were resource scarcities apositive element in stimulating technological change through the ages? Why were the Malthusian predictions of overpopulation and starvation in the early nineteenth century confounded? Were labor unions ever effective in raising workers' living standards? Did high levels of taxation in the pastnormally lead to economic decline? What were the roots of economic imperialism and what effect did it have on today's underdeveloped world? What were the effects of the poor law reforms in Britain in the 1830s? These and similar questions profoundly inform a wide range of intertwined socialissues whose complexity, scope, and depth will become fully evident in this encyclopedic treatment of the subject.The encyclopedia contain the following types of articles:- Country and regional essays. Examples: France, Genoa, New England, Ohio River, the Ruhr. These articles may range from relatively exhaustive essays of 10,000 words to 500 words.DT Major essays on abstract concepts. Examples: Industrial Revolution, Feudalism, Invention, Malthusian models, Famine, Accumulation. Essays between 5,000 and 8,000 words.DT Major essays on institutions, phenomena, and historical processes. Examples: Investment banks, cotton, steel, trading routes, real wages, business cycles, slavery, canals. Essays between 3,000 and 8,000 words.DT Shorter essays on abstract concepts. Examples: productivity change, Engel's Law, cartels, gold standard. Essays between 1,000 and 5,000 words.DT Shorter essays on concrete facts, institutions, events, and phenomena. Examples: guilds, enclosures, free banking, Great German Inflation, homestead farming, New Deal, I. G. Farben. Essays between 500 and 5,000 words.DT Important names from both technology and business, along with economic historians of note. Examples: Richard Arkwright, Johann Gutenberg, Benjamin Franklin, John D. Rockefeller, Hjalmar Schacht, Karl Marx. Essays between 500 and 2,000 words.Because of the interdisciplinary complexity of the field, the encyclopedia is divided not only by chronological and geographic boundaries, but by related subfields such as agricultural history, demographic history, business history, and the history of technology. Smaller categories includefinancial and corporate history, the history of migration, and transportation history.Each article is followed by a bibliography, and each article is signed with its contributor's name. This title is available both in print and as an e-reference text from Oxford's Digital Reference Shelf. A directory of contributors, a synoptic outline of contents, and an index are included. The editorial board and contributors include scholars from Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia; it isintended that the project's scope be truly international. There exists no comparable work.

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It is difficult to understand history or the conditions of modern society without a strong grasp of the economic past. Time and again, historic change is wrought by an underlying economic dynamic. For instance, what were the economic roots of modern industrialism? Were resource scarcities apositive element in stimulating technologic...

Joel Mokyr is Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History, Northwestern University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:2806 pages, 10.94 × 8.43 × 8.15 inPublished:August 13, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Under the able direction of editor-in-chief Joel Mokyr, Oxford University Press has produced another valuable set that should have particular appeal to academic libraries. ...The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History is a set that will take a well-deserved place on a number of academic library shelves. Employing their usual high standards of scholarship, Oxford University Press has produced a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the history of the 'dismal science' not available elsewhere." --Against the Grain .,."a substantial and comprehensive reference work that will delight and inform both students and researchers alike....As a reference work it is well organized and superbly edited, ensuring that novices and mature scholars will each be able to find sound and useful information....This is a reference set that deserves to be on the shelves of every library serving the needs of students and scholars. It provides not only useful informaton but also helps to organize a diverse array of significant topics and concepts in a sensible and logical manner." --American Reference Book Annual "Highly recommended."--Choice .,."an excellent starting point for those wishing to trace ideas and industries across chronological boundaries." -- Library Journal .,."scholars and students in these disciplines, as well as business and public administration, will find The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History a valuable interdisciplinary reference tool....There is no source comparable to this." --Booklist "Covering economic history in all areas of the world and segments of economies from prehistoric times to the present, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History isthe ideal resource for students, economists, and general readers, offering a unique glimpse into this integral part of world history." --Economic History References "Unusually accessible....so comprehensive there are several encyclopedias embedded within the broader encyclopedia." --Robert Whaples, Department of Economics, Wake Forest University, EH.NET