THE study of American economic history has been revolutionised in the past twenty years. Starting from the work of Kuznets [1952], far more data about the American economy in the nineteenth century have been collected than was believed possible only a few years ago. And starting essentially from the work of Conrad and Meyer [1958], an increasing number of explicitly formulated hypotheses have been tested using these data. The distinguishing feature of the so-called New Economic History is just this juxtaposition of explicitly formulated hypotheses and historical data.

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© The Economic History Society 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Temin
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA

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