Unlike most existing textbooks on the ecomic history of modern Europe, which offer a country-by-country approach, The Cambridge Ecomic History of Modern Europe rethinks Europe's ecomic history since 1700 as unified and pan-European, with the material organised by topic rather than by country. This first volume is centred on the transition to modern ecomic growth, which first occurred in Britain before spreading to other parts of western Europe by 1870. Each chapter is written by an international team of authors who cover the three major regions of rthern Europe, southern Europe, and central and eastern Europe. The volume covers the major themes of modern ecomic history, including trade; urbanization; aggregate ecomic growth; the major sectors of agriculture, industry and services; and the development of living standards, including the distribution of income. The quantitative approach makes use of modern ecomic analysis in a way that is easy for students to understand.
Stephen Broadberry is Professor of Economic History at the University of Warwick and a Co-ordinator of the Economic History Initiative at CEPR. His recent publications include The Economics of World War I (2005, as co-editor) and Market Services and the Productivity Race, 1850-2000: Britain in International Perspective (2006). Kevin O'Rourke is Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin and a co-organiser of the CEPR's Economic History Initiative. His recent publications include The International Trading System, Globalization and History, 2 volumes (as editor, 2005) and Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium (2007, with Ronald Findlay).
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