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Welcome to r/EconomicHistory! Economic history is the study of economic phenomena in the past. This is a subreddit for any journal articles, news articles, discussions, questions, or other media pertaining to this discipline.

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Economic history is the study of economic phenomena in the past.

This is a subreddit for any journal articles, news articles, discussions, questions, or other media pertaining to economic history or Cliometrics aka the New Economic History.

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Any links to easy to understand explanations of market economies?

Hi, I'm pretty new to economics and want to do more research on what market economies entail compared to nationalised economies or centrally controlled economies, etc. If there's any good PowerPoints or documents on these that are easy to understand from a complete beginner please link them in the comments! Thankyou.

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PhD Profile - Essential Elements?

This is aimed mainly at academic Economic Historians out there as my broad question is: are there any essential elements to a Economic History focused PhD students profile? (specifically those without an Economic History track or section at their institution and those approaching it from a history background).

I mean this on two levels I suppose, mainly in terms of what you think is essential to take it seriously and be up to the task but also, to a lesser extent what is essential to be taken seriously if applying for roles etc.

For context: I'm entering my 3rd year of PhD at Berkeley where I work on Southeast Asian colonial history with an emphasis on the economy + political economy. I have a background in Law (some banking & finance focused) and Political & Intellectual History but not much Econ.

I've taken what classes have been available with an Economic History focus or relevance: Econ 210A - Intro to Economic History (DeLong, Eichengreen), '23 History 280 - History of Capitalism & '24 History 280 - Intellectual History of Economics (both with Jackson). I'm also the new EHS on campus rep and have done the Designated Emphasis in Political Economy (basically a minor) which also included classes on Comp PolEcon, Historical Methods in SocSci and workshops. I will also have a field in Econ History for my Qualifying Exam this fall and will be a visiting student next year at some key UK institutions to work with Economic Historians.

But I wonder if I should go further and do more economics classes in micro/macro/econometrics etc to have on a transcript or whether it's okay to do that in my own time (I have syllabuses from a number of institutions covering these fields).

I am aware that there are a number of 'flavours' of economic history out there, sometimes on a regional basis - for exanple British Economic Historians seem less Cliometrically inclined than their US counterparts (though this isn't a universal rule).

16:10 UTC


Will Hutton: Empire absolved Britain of thinking how to develop its national economy; the market seemed to achieve that magically by itself. This magical thinking is now integral to Britain's headlong decline. (Guardian, May 2024)

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17th century London employers secured a stable workforce (and wages) by rewarding the tenure of long-standing workers with more days of work each month, preference when jobs were scarce, and the opportunity to earn additional income. (Everything Economic Podcast, March 2024)

09:34 UTC


Question about a history related economics paper

I'm currently writing a research paper that is an economic analysis of a historical event. Until now I've only published research related to modern day economics and business, which is why I'm hoping those with historical research experience can give me advice.

I've managed to find sufficient primary documents to conduct an almost complete analysis of the event. By which I mean that there is plenty of data triangulation or cross-corroboration between the various primary sources to paint an accurate picture for analysis. However, there is one relatively important primary document that I cannot access. It's the minutes of a small town's municipal meeting in January 1933. Now I know the basic contents of the document thanks to a secondary source (a book). I've contacted both the book's author as well as the relevant archive to try to get a scanned copy of the document, but I've had no response from either. My understanding is that this particular archive is the small town's historical archive, which is run by volunteers who might not have the time to go searching for this particular document.

Anyway, my point is that I know what the document says (and it says something relatively important), but I cannot get my hands on it. I also don't have the budget to travel to this country for this one document.

Is it okay to use the secondary source and mention that it references the primary document?

My paper will not fall apart without this document but it is very much the cherry on top, so to speak.

Thanks for reading - Any advice is appreciated.

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Help finding statistics

I'm trying to hunt down a good article on the profits made by radium companies during the late 1910's early 1920's but I can't find any good ones.

06:50 UTC


"Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies" edited by Sitta von Reden (all volumes)

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