Skip to content
Open global navigation

Cambridge University Press

AcademicLocation selectorSearch toggleMain navigation toggle
Cart
Register Sign in Wishlist

An Economic History of Europe
Knowledge, Institutions and Growth, 600 to the Present

$34.99

textbook

Part of New Approaches to Economic and Social History

Paul Sharp, Marc Klemp
View all contributors
  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521549400

$34.99
Paperback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook


Request examination copy

Instructors may request a copy of this title for examination

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • This concise and accessible introduction to European economic history focusses on the interplay between the development of institutions and the generation and diffusion of knowledge-based technologies. The author challenges the view that European economic history before the Industrial Revolution was constrained by population growth outstripping available resources. He argues instead that the limiting factor was the knowledge needed for technological progress but also that Europe was unique in developing a scientific culture and institutions which were the basis for the unprecedented technological progress and economic growth of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Simple explanatory concepts are used to explain growth and stagnation as well as the convergence of income over time whilst text boxes, figures, an extensive glossary and online exercises enable students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the subject. This is the only textbook students will need to understand Europe's unique economic development and its global context.

    • The only textbook to cover the whole of European economic history and to set European developments in a global context
    • Boxed essays on case studies, a glossary of key terms and guides to further reading make the book an accessible introductory text for students of Economics and History
    • Companion website features a detailed historical timeline, exercises and solutions, providing interactive learning for students
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Elegant, lean and beautifully written, An Economic History of Europe is clearly the best European economic history textbook on the market. The economic development ideas are modern and the evolution of the European economy exciting in Karl Gunnar Persson’s masterful hands." -Jeffrey G. Williamson, Laird Bell Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Harvard University, and Honorary Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    "How did Europe succeed in transforming itself from an under-populated backwater in c.800 to one of the most prosperous regions of the world? The author tackles this key question with a skillful combination of description of the main trends and simple but enlightening economic reasoning. This book will become the standard introduction to European economic history for both university students and the general public." -Giovanni Federico, European University Institute, Florence

    "Persson has written a lively, intelligent, and concise European economic history. Students will appreciate the use of simple but effective economic reasoning and his talent for explaining complex issues in clear terms without over-simplification. I heartily recommend An Economic History of Europe to those teaching European economic history." -Timothy Guinnane, Philip Golden Bartlett Professor of Economic History, Yale University

    "Karl Gunnar Persson’s latest book is a first: an accessible and concise economic history of Europe since the Dark Ages by an eminent economist-cum-economic historian. Highlights include Persson’s thirteen ‘propositions’ (or lessons from history), a narrative that is highly readable throughout, and a judicious and student-friendly blend of theory and history." -Cormac Ó Gráda, University College Dublin

    "Anyone looking for a quick guide to the subject can profit by starting here. Equally, any teacher of the subject will want it on their reading list, and students have ready access to an admirable survey. It is highly recommended." -History, Forrest Capie

    "For a short book, the range of economic issues covered is remarkably comprehensive. The book is also commendable in considering economic factors relating to Europe as a whole rather than, as is more common, breaking the analysis down into national units." -European History Quarterly

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521549400
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 4 maps 6 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: what is economic history?
    1. The making of Europe
    2. Europe: from obscurity to economic recovery
    3. Population, economic growth and resource constraints
    4. The nature and extent of economic growth in the pre-industrial epoch
    5. Institutions and growth
    6. Knowledge, technology transfer and convergence
    7. Money, credit and banking
    8. Trade, tariffs and growth with Paul Sharp
    9. International monetary regimes in history with Paul Sharp
    10. The era of political economy: from the minimal state to the Welfare State in the twentieth century
    11. Inequality among and within nations: past, present, future
    12. Globalization and its challenge to Europe
    Glossary with Marc Klemp.

  • Resources for

    An Economic History of Europe

    Karl Gunnar Persson

    General Resources

    Welcome to the resources site

    Here you will find free-of-charge online materials to accompany this book. The range of materials we provide across our academic and higher education titles are an integral part of the book package whether you are a student, instructor, researcher or professional.

    Find resources associated with this title

    Type Name Unlocked * Format Size

    Showing of

    Back to top

    *This title has one or more locked files and access is given only to instructors adopting the textbook for their class. We need to enforce this strictly so that solutions are not made available to students. To gain access to locked resources you either need first to sign in or register for an account.


    These resources are provided free of charge by Cambridge University Press with permission of the author of the corresponding work, but are subject to copyright. You are permitted to view, print and download these resources for your own personal use only, provided any copyright lines on the resources are not removed or altered in any way. Any other use, including but not limited to distribution of the resources in modified form, or via electronic or other media, is strictly prohibited unless you have permission from the author of the corresponding work and provided you give appropriate acknowledgement of the source.

    If you are having problems accessing these resources please email cflack@cambridge.org

  • Author

    Karl Gunnar Persson, University of Copenhagen
    Karl Gunnar Persson is a Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen where he has been teaching comparative economic history and the history of globalization over the last thirty years. He is the author of Pre-Industrial Economic Growth: Social Organization and Technological Progress in Europe (1988) and Grain Markets in Europe 1500–1900: Integration and Deregulation (1999).

    Contributors

    Paul Sharp, Marc Klemp

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email cflack@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website, your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

© Cambridge University Press 2014

Back to top

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel Delete

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×