The Routledge Handbook of Global Economic History documents and interprets the development of economic history as a global discipline from the later nineteenth century to the present day. Exploring the normative and relativistic nature of different schools and traditions of thought, this handbook not only examines current paradigmatic western approaches, but also those conceived in less open societies and in varied economic, political and cultural contexts. In doing so, this book clears the way for greater critical understanding and a more genuinely global approach to economic history.

This handbook brings together leading international contributors in order to systematically address cultural and intellectual traditions around the globe. Many of these are exposed for consideration for the first time in English. The chapters explore dominant ideas and historiographical trends, and open them up to critical transnational perspectives.

This volume is essential reading for both academics and students in economic and social history. As this field of study is very much a bridge between the social sciences and humanities, the issues examined in the book will also have relevance for those seeking to understand the evolution of other academic disciplines under the pressures of varied economic, political and cultural circumstances, on both national and global scales.

chapter 1|13 pages

Global Economic History

Towards an interpretive turn 1

part I|79 pages

Anglo-American traditions

chapter 2|18 pages

Economic History in Britain

The ‘first industrial nation’

chapter 3|20 pages

Beyond The Old and The New

Economic history in the United States

chapter 4|18 pages

Making A Country (And An Economy)

Economic history in Canada

part II|98 pages

West European roots and responses

chapter 6|16 pages

The Legacy of German Economic History

Archetypes and global diffusion

chapter 7|17 pages

Economic History in France

A Sonderweg?

chapter 8|16 pages

The Flight of Icarus

Economic history in the Italian mirror

chapter 9|14 pages

Manufacturing the Historic Compromise

Swedish economic history and the triumph of the Swedish model

chapter 10|15 pages

Spanish Economic History

Lights and shadows in a process of convergence

part IV|170 pages

The wider world

chapter 16|20 pages

Economic History in Middle Eurasia

Beyond histories of stagnation and deficiencies

chapter 18|17 pages

Economic History in China

Tradition, divergence and potential

chapter 19|19 pages

Japanese Economic History

Exploring diversity in development

chapter 20|14 pages

Latin American Economic History

Looking backwards for the future

chapter 21|18 pages

Mexico’s Economic History

Much more than cliometrics and dependency theory

chapter 22|16 pages

The Formation of Economic History in Brazil

From the South Atlantic to South America

chapter 23|17 pages

Beyond a Footnote

Indigenous scholars and the writing of West African economic history

part V|21 pages

Challenges and ways ahead

chapter 26|19 pages

Culture, Power and Contestation

Multiple roads from the past to the future