The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History by David Hackett Fischer, David H. Fischer | | 9780195121216 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History

The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History

by David Hackett Fischer, David H. Fischer
     
 

ISBN-10: 019512121X

ISBN-13: 9780195121216

Pub. Date: 11/11/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Fischer has examined price records in many nations, and finds that great waves of rising prices in the 13th-, 16th-, 18th-, and 20th centuries were all marked by price swings of increasing volatility, falling wages, a growing gap between rich and poor, and an increase in violent crime, family disintegration, and cultural despair. 109 graphs & charts. 7 maps.

Overview

Fischer has examined price records in many nations, and finds that great waves of rising prices in the 13th-, 16th-, 18th-, and 20th centuries were all marked by price swings of increasing volatility, falling wages, a growing gap between rich and poor, and an increase in violent crime, family disintegration, and cultural despair. 109 graphs & charts. 7 maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195121216
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/11/1999
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
552
Sales rank:
1,234,608
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
"Something Like a Seismograph," xiii
Introduction 3(1)
Great Waves in World History
3(8)
The First Wave
11(54)
The Medieval Price Revolution
17(18)
The Crisis of the Fourteenth Century
35(10)
The Equilibrium of the Renaissance
45(20)
The Second Wave
65(52)
The Price Revolution of the Sixteenth Century
70(21)
The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century
91(11)
The Equilibrium of the Enlightenment
102(15)
The Third Wave
117(62)
The Price Revolution of the Eighteenth Century
120(22)
The Revolutionary Crisis
142(14)
The Equilibrium of the Victorian Era
156(23)
The Fourth Wave
179(56)
The Price Revolution of the Twentieth Century
181(22)
The Troubles of Our Time
203(32)
CONCLUSION 235(82)
From the Past to the Future
235(24)
APPENDICES
A. Price Revolutions in the Ancient World
259(6)
B. The Crisis of the Fourteenth Century: A World Movement?
265(4)
C. The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century: A Global Event?
269(2)
D. America and Europe: One Conjuncture or Two?
271(2)
E. Cycles and Waves
273(5)
F. Toward a Discrimination of Inflations
278(4)
G. Money of Exchange and Money of Account
282(3)
H. Nominal Prices and Silver Equivalents
285(2)
I. Returns to Capital: Interest Rates as Historical Indicators
287(1)
J. Returns to Labor: Real Wages and Standards of Living
288(3)
K. Measures of Wealth and Income Distribution
291(2)
L. Price Revolutions and Inequality
293(8)
M. Price Revolutions and Family Disintegration
301(4)
N. Price Revolutions and Personal Violence
305(8)
O. Economics and History
313(4)
NOTES 317(46)
BIBLIOGRAPHY 363(140)
Primary Sources for the History of Prices
365(41)
Secondary Sources
406(97)
Acknowledgments 503(4)
Credits 507(2)
Index 509

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