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

2nd Edition



Part of New Approaches to Economic and Social History

  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107479388
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  • This revised and extended edition of the leading textbook on European economic history has been updated to take account of contemporary economic developments and the latest research and debates. A concise and accessible introduction that covers the full sweep of the European history, the book focuses on the interplay between the development of institutions and the generation and diffusion of knowledge-based technologies. With simple explanations of key economic principles, the book is an ideal introduction for students in history and economics. Revised textboxes and figures, an extensive glossary, suggestions for further reading and a suite of online resources lead students to a comprehensive understanding of the subject. New material covers contemporary economic developments such as the financial crises of 2007/2008, the Eurozone crisis, new trends in inequality and the austerity debates. This remains the only textbook students need to understand Europe's unique economic development and its global context.

    • An integrated pan-European history of European economic development
    • Sets European developments in a global context
    • Includes case studies, an extensive glossary of key terms, guides to further reading and student questioning
    • Additional web resources include data sets, podcasts and lecture slides
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    '… this book is a convenient reference work for economic, humanities, and social science research related to European economic development, particularly the spatial relationship of economic activities. Even so, those focused outside of Europe will also find the book valuable.' Enn Lun Yong, Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences

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    22nd Jul 2016 by G3St9

    The updated edition attracts students' and lecturers' attention with its analysis of the historical interaction of institutional approaches and diffusion of knowledge-based technologies. It gives a profound explanation of the increasing income gap for developing nations due to inefficiency of technology transfer. The power of institutional change and human capital investment cannot be underestimated in that context.

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107479388
    • length: 285 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus. 4 maps 14 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Making of Europe
    Part II. Europe from Obscurity to Economic Recovery
    Part III. Population, Economic Growth and Resource Constraints
    Part IV. The Nature and Extent of Economic Growth in the Pre-Industrial Epoch
    Part V. Institutions and Growth
    Part VI. Knowledge, Technology Transfer and Convergence
    Part VII. Money, Credit and Banking
    Part VIII. Trade, Tariffs and Growth
    Part IX. International Monetary Regimes in History
    Part X. The Era of Political Economy - from the Minimal State to the Welfare State in the Twentieth Century
    Part XI. Inequality among and within Nations - Past, Present, Future
    Part XII. Globalization and its Challenge to Europe.

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    An Economic History of Europe

    Karl Gunnar Persson, Paul Sharp

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    Karl Gunnar Persson, University of Copenhagen
    Karl Gunnar Persson is Emeritus Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen and has taught comparative economic history and globalization studies over five decades. He has published widely in the leading economic history journals and was the founding editor of European Review of Economic History. His previous monographs include Pre-Industrial Economic Growth: Social Organization and Technological Progression in Europe (1988) and Grain Markets in Europe, 1500–1900: Integration and Deregulation. Educated in Sweden, he is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences.

    Paul Sharp, University of Southern Denmark
    Paul Sharp has been an Associate Professor at the Department of Business and Economics at the University of Southern Denmark since 2012. He completed his PhD in economics at the University of Copenhagen in 2009, after studying at King's College London and the University of Copenhagen. The main focus of his work is on economic and agricultural history and he is currently working on a co-authored book on the early history of the Danish dairy industry. He has published widely in economics, history, and economic history journals.

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