© 1987

The Future of Economic History

  • Alexander J. Field

Part of the Recent Economic Thought Series book series (RETH, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Alexander J. Field
    Pages 1-41
  3. Barry Eichengreen
    Pages 43-90
  4. William Lazonick
    Pages 255-312
  5. Gavin Wright
    Pages 313-348
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 349-356

About this book


This collection represents a modest attempt to chart a new course for the intellectual discipline known as economic history. (The book is not about productivity growth in the 1990s, lest the title give rise to any confusion.) As a group, these essays suggest new and potentially fruitful areas or approaches for research and at the same time address weaknesses in past efforts. One important audience will be graduate students attempting to decide whether to write a dissertation in economic history, or trying to select or refine dissertation topics in the area, and determine how to approach them. Some of the essays will most certainly be appropriate additions to the or semester courses in economic history that remain a fixture in quarter graduate economics training programs. A second audience should be established scholars who are now or have in the past done research in economic history and are interested in the perspectives of a relatively younger group of scholars. The term "younger" is used here advisedly to describe a group of scholars born between 1943 and 1954. Nevertheless, the authors of these essays can on at least one dimension be distinguished from the pathbreaking new economic his­ torians who established their academic reputations in the early 1960s. Indeed, the contributors to this volume include students of such pioneers as Richard Easterlin, Albert Fishlow, William Parker, and Jeffrey Williamson.


Economic history

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander J. Field
    • 1
  1. 1.Deapartment of EconomicsSanta Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Future of Economic History
  • Editors Alexander J. Field
  • Series Title Recent Economic Thought Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89838-217-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7967-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-3269-2
  • Series ISSN 0924-199X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 356
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Economic Thought/Methodology
    Economics, general
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`... it will be of substantial help to economic historians themselves, especially those who teach graduate courses in economics departments and want to introduce their students to a rich and complex literature.'
Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 27, March 1989.