The Historical Statistics of the United States (5 Volume Hardback Set): Millennial Edition

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Long the standard source for quantitative indicators of American history, a new edition of Historical Statistics of the United States is something that reference librarians, historians, and social scientists have long awaited. Not since the Bicentennial Edition was published in 1975 has new data and material been available. At last, a sweeping, comprehensive, and thoroughly revised new edition is available; one that reflects thirty years of information and new scholarship. Utilizing information from the 2000 Census, this essential reference has been updated for the new Millennium providing rich materials for both contemporary and historical researchers. Historical Statistics of the United States, Millennial Edition is a stunning achievement and a monumental work of collaborative scholarship providing a comprehensive compendium of statistics from over 1,000 sources recording every aspect of the history of the United States from population to prices; from voting patterns to Vietnam veterans; from energy to education; from abortions to zinc and everything in between. Over 80 scholars have contributed their efforts and expertise to select, assemble, and document the data, to write the introductory essays, and to analyze the material. To learn more about Historical Statistics of the United States, please visit the Historical Statistics of the United States website
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"This ultimate statistical source on numerical U.S. history has been 30 years overdue for an overhaul; now, finally, the best is even better. A bargain for all libraries supporting research; essential particularly where the original statistical sources from which the title draws are out of print." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"A serious academic resource that should be respected for the depth of its scholarship and extent of its detail." -- History Today

"Let us now praise the newest edition of "Historical Statistics of the United States," whose five volumes and 1,781 tables are about to hit libraries and universities all over the country...Unlike earlier editions, this "Historical Statistics" also comes in an online version that, presumably, will be purchased by most universities, colleges and many libraries. Many ordinary students and scavengers of facts—not just academics— should be able to tap this treasure of figures." -- Robert J. Samuelson in NEWSWEEK, January 23, 2006

"A stunning achievement... Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition is a resource that academic libraries and larger libraries can ill afford to be without...It will serve as the standard for years to come." --Against the Grain, June 2006

"French semiologist Jean Baudrillard said “like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.” Anyone who enjoys statistics will have their dreams fulfilled by using or browsing through Historical Statistics of the United States, which is highly recommended..."--Booklist (starred review)

"...monumental... This ultimate statistical source on numerical U.S. history has been 30 years overdue for an overhaul; now, finally, the best in even better. A bargain for all libraries supporting research." -- Library Journal

"For starters, it weighs 29 pounds. It has five volumes. And it's densely packed with more than a million numbers that measure America in mind-boggling detail, from the average annual precipitation in Sweet Springs, Mo., to the wholesale price of rice in Charleston S.C., in 1707...The new a gold mine for scholars, students and assorted nerds and numbers crunchers..." -Sam Roberts, The New York Times, February 22, 2006

"Last published in 1975, the five-volume behemoth is 'a numerical atlas of the American past.' In addition to making revisions in areas in which there has been significant new scholarship, such as pre-20th century wages, the book covers areas that had been formerly ignored by the Census Bureau's edition, such as slavery, American Indians and technology." Kirkus Reference Review

"But America? This surpassingly glorious young mess? Can its essence be captured in 4,641 pages of digits? What an outrageous idea. That's why a stroll through the Millennial Edition is a strangely fortuitous, irregular and imagination-firing one." -- Washington Post

"No other reference work offers the same breadth of coverage[...] It is recommended for all college and university libraries supporting undergraduate research and coursework, as well as research public libraries. Even those libraries that own the 1975 and annual editions of " --the Statistical Abstract will benefit from the convenience of having all these statistics in one tool, and from the ease-of-use and context provided by the _ Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition_." --REFERENCE & USER SERVICES QUARTERLY

"This is a fantastic volume to an equally fantastic new edition of _Historical Statistics_." EH-NET
""It is a great success that will easily fill the shoes and self-space of the well-worn, two volume Bicentennial Edition [...]Every library should invest in these volumes. It is rare to see a project that is massive and ambitious come off so well. Astanding ovation is due..." -- Journal of Economic History

"The Historical Statistics of the United States, Bicentennial Edition has been a key resource in any library's reference collection. Cambridge, with its Millennial Edition, has provided a much needed update. Not only have the old tables been updated, but new tables have been added. Cambridge has expanded the very useful bibliographical section from the older Census editions and has added a series of scholarly essays as an introduction to the data chapters." --John B. Phillips Professor and Head, Documents Dept. Edmon Low Library Oklahoma State University

"Personally, I found this revision to be an outstanding achievement. The depth and scope of the material is impressive and when coupled with the ability to use the data electronically the HSUS becomes one of the premiere research tools for statistical analysis." --Aimee C. Quinn Assistant Professor and Assistant Documents Librarian Richard J. Daley Library University of Illinois at Chicago
"Historical Statistics is a valuable source of primary data concerning a broad range of material and social conditions constituting the American experience." --P.J. O'Rourke, The Atlantic Monthly

"In total, this volume of _Historical Statistics_ is a triumph. The chapters provide first-rate introductions to their general area of focus, particularly helpful for researchers and students who are not specialists in either history or demography. Each chapter reading is informative without being burdensome. The voluminous tables are carefully documented and legible, and are disaggregated enough that one may look at interesting features by themselves. While researchers now seem to favor micro-based population research, this volume impresses upon me the importance of looking in the aggregate at underlying demographic trends. Demography is truly unique in that the individual measure directly relates to the population measure. As such, this volume complements the contemporary research agenda in quantitative history quite nicely by providing a background to core demographic measures. It is also quite useful for those whose research falls outside of these areas but who need measures for certain demographic phenomena at a point (and place) in time. The availability of the underlying data in electronic format gives a nod to the fact that the editors understand that the information in these volumes will form the backbone and background of many research projects. Given its numerous sources and size, this volume is a testament to the value of large-scale historical projects and also the value of interdisciplinary work. This work will not only be useful for quantitative American historians, but also for those in the social sciences and history in general who wish to put their research into historical and comparative perspective." -- EH-NET, vol. 1

"Like its 1975 predecessor, this reference volume set stands to be among the most widely cited works in economic history."-- EH-NET, vol. 3 Historical Statistics of the United States. 5 vols. Cambridge Univ. 4641p. ed. by Susan B. Carter & others. maps. index. ISBN 0-521-81791-9 [ISBN 978-0-521-81791-2]. $990. Scholars and laypersons alike can rejoice in this new millennial edition of what's remained the standard for quantitative indicators of American history since 1975. With the explosion of historical data series since 1970, the original two volumes have now grown to five, and 12 new topics have been added. Eighty scholars spent 11 years producing this magnum opus—and it was worth the wait! [Electronic edition is available through] --Library Journal

"This book distills into one massive but handy volume the efforts of an inestimable number of researchers to quantify the development of labor market outcomes and living standards in U.S. history. It contains nearly ten thousand data series (or columns of data), spread across nearly one thousand pages, covering the following topics: "labor," including labor force participation, occupations, wages, hours and working conditions, union participation, and household production; slavery; education; health; economic inequality and poverty; social insurance and public assistance; and nonprofit, voluntary, and religious entities." -- EH-NET, vol 2

“Thirty years worth of data, representing the phenomenal explosion of qualitative scholarship since publication of the bicentennial edition, as well as expanded and revised entries, have been added to this standard history reference for quantitative information…This resource is available electronically via Cambridge University Press, with data accessible for charting, statistical analysis, and regrouping across tables. The malleability of data in electronic form promises to enhance the efforts of scholars and students.” --Choice

"A welcome update to and a significant transformation of a major statistical reference source. Social science researchers will find this to be an extremely useful resource. The narrative chapters accompanying the statistical tables are a major contribution, as they define the subject, provide historical context, and also explain some of the technicalities and derivation of the data. Thanks to logical organization, detailed indexing, comprehensive tables, and a very helpful narrative text, Historical Statistics is a gateway to fascinating factual information about American history and society... Historical Statistics is a fundamental reference source." -- DttP, Documents to the People

Library Journal
This monumental, topically organized work is the result of an 11-year-long effort by 80-plus scholars who not only provided data and analysis-culled from more than 1000 sources-but also raised the funds for publication after the former publisher, the U.S. Census Bureau, announced that it was unable to do so in the foreseeable future. Data from previous editions have been revised or eliminated where the original source proved unreliable or obsolete, and holes in the existing historical record have been filled wherever possible. More than a dozen new sections have also been added on such topics as American Indians, slavery, and the Confederate states. The title has grown from two volumes to five and now covers the broad areas of population, work and welfare, economic structure and performance, economic sectors, and governance and international relations. Each of the 39 chapters begins with an essay on the "quantitative history" of the topic and comments on the reliability of the data and possible limits to interpretation. Included are approximately 1900 tables and 170 maps, graphs, and time lines; the text is fully cross-referenced and indexed. Bottom Line This ultimate statistical source on numerical U.S. history has been 30 years overdue for an overhaul; now, finally, the best is even better. A bargain for all libraries supporting research; essential particularly where the original statistical sources from which the title draws are out of print. [Available in print, online, and in print with online packages (bundle versions).-Ed.]-Nadine Cohen, Univ. of Georgia, Athens Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521817912
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition description: Millennium edition
  • Pages: 5000
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 12.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume I, 800 pages: Part I. Population: Population Characteristics; Vital Statistics; Internal Migration; International Migration; Family and Household Composition; Cohorts; American Indians; Volume II, 898 pages: Part II. Work and Welfare: Labor; Slavery; Education; Health; Economic Inequality and Poverty; Social Insurance and Public Assistance; Nonprofit, Voluntary, and Religious Entities; Volume III, 864 pages: Part III. Economic Structure and Performance: National Income and Product; Business Fluctuations and Cycles; Prices; Consume Expenditures; Saving, Capital, and Wealth; Geography and the Environment; Science, Technology, and Productivity; Business Organization; Financial Markets and Institutions; Volume IV, 1056 pages: Part IV. Economic Sectors: Agriculture, Natural Resource Industries; Construction, Housing, and Mortgages; Manufacturing; Distribution; Transportation; Communications; Services and Utilities; Volume V, 816 pages: Part V. Governance and International Relations: Government Finance and Employment; Elections and Politics; Crime, Law Enforcement, and Justice; National Defense, Wars, Armed Forces, and Veterans; International Trade and Exchange Rates; Outlying Areas; Colonial Statistics; Confederate States of America.
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