Reading: Robert Gordon: The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War: The Economic History Research Frontier: A Great Recent Books Approach
Gavin Wright: Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South: The Economic History Research Frontier: A Great Recent Books Approach

Barry Eichengreen: Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses-of History: The Economic History Research Frontier: A Great Recent Books Approach

Barry Eichengreen: Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses-of History http://amzn.to/29pp429

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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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