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The Economic Impact of the Black Death

David Routt, University of Richmond The Black Death was the largest demographic disaster in European history. From its arrival in Italy in late 1347 through its clockwise movement across the continent to its petering out in the Russian hinterlands in 1353, the magna pestilencia (great pestilence) killed between seventeen and twenty—eight million people. Its gruesome […]

The Economic History of Major League Baseball

Michael J. Haupert, University of Wisconsin — La Crosse “The reason baseball calls itself a game is because it’s too screwed up to be a business” — Jim Bouton, author and former MLB player Origins The origin of modern baseball is usually considered the formal organization of the New York Knickerbocker Base Ball Club in […]

Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm

Published by EH.Net (January 2013) Harold James, Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. vii + 360 pp. $35 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-691-15340-7. Reviewed by for EH.Net by Timothy W. Guinnane, Department of Economics, Yale University. ?Harold James? subtitle places this work in the genre of business history, but it […]

The Ties That Buy: Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America

Published by EH.Net (June 2012) Ellen Hartigan-O?Connor, The Ties That Buy: Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America.? Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. iii + 253 pp. $20 (paperback), ISBN: 978-8122-2159-6. Reviewed for EH.Net by Linda L. Sturtz, Department of History, Beloit College. In The Ties That Buy, Ellen Hartigan-O?Connor explores women?s economic activities […]

Robber Baron: The Life of Charles Tyson Yerkes

Published by EH.NET (July 2008) John Franch, Robber Baron: The Life of Charles Tyson Yerkes. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2006. vii + 374 pp. $25 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0-252-07517-9. Reviewed for EH.NET by Robert Whaples, Department of Economics, Wake Forest University. It?s tough to feel sympathetic toward Charles Tyson Yerkes, nor have historians ? […]

The Needle’s Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution

Published by EH.NET (May 2007) Marla R. Miller, The Needle’s Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006. xiv + 302 pp. $25 (paperback), ISBN: 1-55849-545-2. Reviewed for EH.NET by Gloria L. Main, Department of History, University of Colorado, Boulder. The title, The Needle’s Eye, may make […]

Secret Gardens, Satanic Mills: Placing Girls in European History, 1750-1960

Published by EH.NET (May 2006) Mary Jo Maynes, Birgitte Soland, and Christina Benninghaus, editors, Secret Gardens, Satanic Mills: Placing Girls in European History, 1750-1960. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2005. x + 312 pp. $25 (paperback), ISBN: 0-253-21710-5. Reviewed for EH.NET by Joyce Burnette, Department of Economics, Wabash College. This book is the product of […]

The Heqanakht Papyri

Published by EH.NET (November 2004) James P. Allen, The Heqanakht Papyri. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, distributed by Yale University Press, 2002. xvii + 297 pp. + 57 Plates + CD. $50 (cloth), ISBN: 0-300-10318-2. Reviewed for EH.NET by Morris Silver, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, City College of the City University of New […]

The Invention of Coinage and the Monetization of Ancient Greece

Published by EH.NET (April 2004) David M. Schaps, The Invention of Coinage and the Monetization of Ancient Greece. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004. xvii + 293 pp. $75 (cloth), ISBN: 0-472-11333-X. Reviewed for EH.NET by Morris Silver, Department of Economics (Emeritus), City College of the City University of New York. Briefly stated, David […]