The Future of Global Economic History. Regional Comparisons to Address Global Questions

P. de Zwart*

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Abstract

Economic history deals with the process of economic development across the globe in the long-run. In this essay, I put forth ideas about what economic historians should be doing in the next ten years in terms of content, methodology and the scale of analysis. In terms of content, I suggest that prospective research questions should generate what I consider 'useful knowledge' and provide two example topics: inequality and globalization. Regarding methodology I argue in favour of the comparative (quantitative) method in order to analyse processes of change in a variety of contexts. The scale of analysis should shift from the country to the regional level in order to be better able to tease out relevant relationships in a comparative analysis. © 2018 Netherlands Institute of International Relations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-142
JournalTijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis = The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History
Volume15
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2018

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