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Record number 547507
Title The Future of Global Economic History. Regional Comparisons to Address Global Questions
Author(s) Zwart, P. de
Source Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis = The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History 15 (2018)2-3. - ISSN 1572-1701 - p. 129 - 142.
DOI https://doi.org/10.18352/tseg.1025
Department(s) WASS
Rural and Environmental History
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
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
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