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An Economic History of Europe: Knowledge, Institutions and Growth, 600 to the Present / Edition 2

An Economic History of Europe: Knowledge, Institutions and Growth, 600 to the Present / Edition 2

by Karl Gunnar Persson, Paul Sharp
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107479388
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/12/2015
Series: New Approaches to Economic and Social History
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 6.89(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

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 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.

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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