Economic History

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Cinema of Discontent

Uses popular films to reveal the tensions generated during Japan’s postwar "economic miracle," challenging the prevailing view that it was a story of great national success.

Bitter Harvest

Explores the duality between humans and Earth through a focus on the economic system changes that began with grain agriculture and has now reached its apogee in global capitalism.

Capitalism for All

Demonstrates that a true liberal capitalism has the capacity to enable personal well-being while dealing with new challenges such as pandemics, climate change, and automation.

Imagining the Fed

Traces the six-decade struggle for power within the Federal Reserve System from the perspective of the central bankers who shaped the Fed.

DIY on the Lower East Side

Engaging look at Lower East Side writers and artists in the wake of the 1975 New York fiscal crisis.

Capital in the Mirror

Analyzes contemporary capitalism through the products of culture and art for fresh insight into emancipatory possibilities concealed within capitalism’s darkest dynamics.

The Future of (Post)Socialism

Explores the current and future trajectories of the paradigm of postsocialism.

Slavery in the Circuit of Sugar, Second Edition

Traces the historical development of slave labor and plantation agriculture in nineteenth-century Martinique.

The Chinese Market Economy, 1000–1500

Documents the rise and fall of a market economy in China from 1000-1500.

Interstate Economic Relations

A comprehensive look at the economic relations among states, and how they might be better optimized.

Proving Up

Uses the interdisciplinary approach of evolutionary economics to explore the history of land domestication in the United States.

America's Economic Moralists

By Donald E. Frey
Subjects: History

Traces the history of two rival American economic moralities from colonial times to the present.

Speculative Management

Argues that recent initiatives by industrial management were directed more toward short-term gains than improving efficiency.

Social Construction and the Logic of Money

Examines the nature of international economic leadership since the seventeenth century.

Gradual Economic Reform in Latin America

In-depth case study of Costa Rican economic reform efforts.

Money and Power in Europe

Traces the history of European monetary negotiations from the 1960s to the 1990s.

The Case of the Minimum Wage

Places contemporary minimum wage debates in historical context, stressing the importance of political as opposed to economic variables.

Fighting For Jobs

Examines the struggle of the unions and communities to save jobs in plant-closing situations in the 1980s, and shows why some labor-community coalitions were more successful than others.

Workers of the Donbass Speak

This is an oral and local history of the coal mining town of Donetsk in the Ukraine. The workers describe their changing political and economic goals and their reaction to Western culture, the rising tides of nationalism and religion.

Autowork

An anthology of original essays on the history of work experience in automobile factories, from 1913 to the present.

Cold War in the Working Class

This book tells the story of the rise and decline of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE) from 1933 to 1990. Once the third-largest industrial union in the United States, ...

Divided Loyalties

John Mitchell was a contradictory figure, representing the best and worst labor leadership had to offer at the turn of the century. Articulate, intelligent, and a skillful negotiator, Mitchell made effective ...

State and Business in Modern Turkey

This book analyzes the factors that shape business activity in Republican Turkey and examines the presence of some of these factors in other societies with highly different cultures and histories. Bugra's ...

Elite Families

This book maps the development of a regional elite and its persistence as an economic upper class through the nineteenth century. Farrell's study traces the kinship networks and overlapping business ties ...

The Emergence of Industrial America

This book contains a series of interpretive essays on the most dramatic aspects of American economic growth during the last century—the sweeping technological and organizational changes in manufacturing ...

The Investment Frontier

The American West did not grow in isolation from the East. On the contrary, New York financiers and other eastern entrepreneurs were crucial to America's western economic development, providing the necessary ...

Profits from Power

"Of the many sources of power, these essays deal with only one: physical violence and the threat of violence exerted by some men over others. " Thus Frederic C. Lane introduces his essays on profits and ...