IU History Dept


Required Reading
Avner Greif, “Family Structure, Institutions, and Growth: The Origins and Implications of Western Corporations,” American Economic Review 96: 2 (May, 2006), pp. 308-312.

Kenneth Pomeranz, “Political Economy and Ecology on the Eve of Industrialization: Europe, China, and the Global Conjuncture,” American Historical Review 107 (April 2002), pp. 425-446.

Craig Clunas, “Modernity Global and Local: Consumption and the Rise of the West,” American Historical Review 104:5 (Dec. 1999), 1497-1511.

Paul Bohannan, “The Impact of Money on an African Subsistence Economy,” Journal of Economic History 19 (1959), 491-503.

Further Suggestions
Gregory Clark and Gillian Hamilton, “Survival of the Richest: The Malthusian Mechanism in Pre-Industrial England,” Journal of Economic History 66:3 (Sept. 2006), 707-736.

Nick Cullather, "Damming Afghanistan: Modernization in a Buffer State," Journal of American History 89:2 (Sept. 2002), 512-537.

Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman, Time on the Cross (1974), 2 vols.—sparked one of the greatest controversies in 1960s-1970s quantitative history, since it seemed to argue that slavery was highly efficient and economically viable. See the review: Paul A. David and Peter Temin, "Slavery, the Progressive Institution?" Journal of Economic History 34:3 (Sept. 1974), 739-783.

Jack Goldstone, Why Europe? The Rise of the West in World History, 1500-1850 (2007)--introductory textbook.

"Grasping Reality with Both Hands"--Economics and Economic History blog updated several times every day (Brad DeLong).

Phillip Hoffman, “Why is it that Europeans ended up conquering the rest of the world? Prices, the Military Revolution, and Western Europe’s comparative advantage in violence” on-line

Economic History networkDonald/Deirdre McCloskey, The Rhetoric of Economics (1987); see, by the same author, Deirdre McCloskey, Crossing: A Memoir (2000).

Joel Mokyr, The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy (2002).

Douglas North and Robert Paul Thomas, The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History (1976).

Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation (1944).

Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence: China, Europe and the Making of the Modern World Economy (2000).

W. W. Rostow, The Stages of Economic Growth: A Non-Communist Manifesto (1960, 1962, 1990).
how much?
Stephan Thernstrom, The Other Bostonians: Poverty and Progress in the American Metropolis (1976).

Immanuel Wallerstein, The Modern World-System (1974; 1980).

E.A. Wrigley, ed., An Introduction to English Historical Demography (1966).


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