Peter H. Lindert and Jeffrey G. Williamson: Unequal Gains: American Growth and Inequality since 1700: The Economic History Research Frontier: A Great Recent Books Approach
Robert C. Allen: The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective: The Economic History Research Frontier: A Great Recent Books Approach

Peter Temin and Joachim Voth: Prometheus Shackled: Goldsmith Banks and England’s Financial Revolution after 1700: The Economic History Research Frontier: A Great Recent Books Approach

**Peter Temin and Joachim Voth: Prometheus Shackled: Goldsmith Banks and England’s Financial Revolution after 1700 http://amzn.to/29kqXMc

Supplementary:

  • Douglass North and Barry Weingast, “Constitutions and Commitment: The Evolution of Institutions Governing Public Choice in Seventeenth- Century England,” Journal of Economic History 49:4 (1989), pp.803- 832 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2122739

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This course will provide students with an introduction to the research frontier in economic history by studying a carefully curated list of recent books in the field. We will undertake a critical reading of these books, focusing on both their strengths and weaknesses. General questions will include the following. Does the topic justify a book-length treatment? Does the author successfully sustain his/her argument throughout the book? What is the role of books, as opposed to articles, in research in economic history (and in economics more generally)? Supplementary readings are provided to point up this last question. Most sessions will be student led, in that students will take charge of presenting the author’s argument and stimulating classroom discussion.

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