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Studies in Economic History

Studies in Economic History
15 Volumes | 2015 - 2020


Aims and Scope

This series from Springer provides a platform for works in economic history that truly integrate economics and history. Books on a wide range of related topics are welcomed and encouraged, including those in macro-economic history, financial history, labor history, industrial history, agricultural history, the history of institutions and organizations, spatial economic history, law and economic history, political economic history, historical demography, and environmental history.

Economic history studies have greatly developed over the past several decades through application of economics and econometrics. Particularly in recent years, a variety of new economic theories and sophisticated econometric techniques—including game theory, spatial economics, and generalized method of moment (GMM)—have been introduced for the great benefit of economic historians and the research community.

At the same time, a good economic history study should contribute more than just an application of economics and econometrics to past data. It raises novel research questions, proposes a new view of history, and/or provides rich documentation. This series is intended to integrate data analysis, close examination of archival works, and application of theoretical frameworks to offer new insights and even provide opportunities to rethink theories.

The purview of this new Springer series is truly global, encompassing all nations and areas of the world as well as all eras from ancient times to the present. The editorial board, who are internationally renowned leaders among economic historians, carefully evaluate and judge each manuscript, referring to reports from expert reviewers. The series publishes contributions by university professors and others well established in the academic community, as well as work deemed to be of equivalent merit.

All books and chapters in the Studies in Economic History book series are indexed in Scopus.

Editorial Board Members:

Loren Brandt (University of Toronto, Canada)

Myung Soo Cha (Yeungnam University, Korea)

Nicholas Crafts (University of Warwick, UK)

Claude Diebolt (University of Strasbourg, France)

Barry Eichengreen (University of California at Berkeley, USA)

Stanley Engerman (University of Rochester, USA)

Price V. Fishback (University of Arizona, USA)

Avner Greif (Stanford University, USA)

Tirthanker Roy (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

Osamu Saito (Hitotsubashi University, Japan)

Jochen Streb (University of Mannheim, Germany)

Nikolaus Wolf (Humboldt University, Germany)

(in alphabetical order)

All books of the series Studies in Economic History

2020 | Book

Italy-China Trade Relations

A Historical Perspective

This book examines the political connections and trade relations between Italy and China, with particular emphasis on the second half of the 19th century and the period following the Second World War. In recent years, economic relations between …

2020 | Book

The Evolution of the Toyota Production System

This book utilizes historical evidence to describe the development of the Toyota Production System (TPS). The development of TPS typifies the transformation of production control in interchangeable industries in the twentieth century. Much of the …

2019 | Book

Cliometrics of the Family

This contributed volume applies cliometric methods to the study of family and households in order to derive global patterns and determine their impact on economic development. Family and households are a fundamental feature of societies and …

2019 | Book

Trade Relations between Qing China and Tokugawa Japan


This book explains compellingly that, despite common belief, in the early modern period, the intra-East Asian commercial network still functioned sustainably, and within that network, the Sino-Japanese trade can be seen as the most significant …

2018 | Book

Coping with Financial Crises

Some Lessons from Economic History

This edited volume is based on original essays first presented at the World Economic History Conference, Kyoto, Japan, in August 2015. It also includes three essays subsequently written especially for this volume. All of the essays focus on …

2018 | Book

The House of Tata Meets the Second Industrial Revolution

An Institutional Analysis of Tata Iron and Steel Co. in Colonial India

This monograph aims to analyze the economic and business history of colonial India from a corporate perspective by clarifying the historical role of institutional developments based on archival evidence of a representative enterprise. The …

2017 | Book

Imitation, Counterfeiting and the Quality of Goods in Modern Asian History

This book focuses on the production of low-quality goods, the rise of markets for imitations and shoddy goods, and dishonest trading practices which developed along with the expansion of global trade in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in …

2017 | Book

Quantifying Resistance

Political Crime and the People’s Court in Nazi Germany

This book presents and uses a major, new database of the most serious forms of internal resistance to the Nazi state to study empirically the whole phenomenon of resistance to an authoritarian regime. By studying serious political resistance from …

2017 | Book

The History of Business in Africa

Complex Discontinuity to Emerging Markets

This book offers a comprehensive study of the history of African business. By analyzing the specificities of African business culture, as well as the dynamically changing African policy context, the author sheds new light on the development of …

2017 | Book

The Development of Railway Technology in East Asia in Comparative Perspective

This is the first book to examine the process of railway development in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China from historical and comparative perspectives. Moreover, it discusses and compares the East Asian experiences of railway development with cases …

2017 | Book

Central Asia and the Silk Road

Economic Rise and Decline over Several Millennia

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the pre-modern economic history of Central Asia and the Silk Road, covering several millennia. By analyzing an abundance of sources and materials, it illustrates the repeated economic heydays of the …

2016 | Book

Industrial Districts in History and the Developing World

This book sheds new light on the role of industrial districts in the industrial development of the past and present. Industrial districts, which refer to the geographical concentration of enterprises producing similar or closely related …

2016 | Book

Economic History of Warfare and State Formation

This edited volume represents the latest research on intersections of war, state formation, and political economy, i.e., how conflicts have affected short- and long-run development of economies and the formation (or destruction) of states and …

2015 | Book

Japan’s Industrious Revolution

Economic and Social Transformations in the Early Modern Period

This book explains in fascinating detail how economic and social transformations in pre-1600 Japan led to an industrious revolution in the early modern period and how the fruits of the Industrious Revolution are what have supported Japan since the

2015 | Book

History of the IMF

Organization, Policy, and Market

This book describes the history of the IMF from its birth, through the Bretton Woods era, and in the aftermath. Special attention is paid to integrating IMF history with the macro-economic policies of member countries and of other international in