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Between war and peace: The Ottoman economy and foreign exchange trading at the Istanbul bourse
Did events during the First World War reflect in the foreign exchange rates? A new  EHES working paper by Avni Önder Hanedar, Hatice Gaye Gencer, Sercan Demiralay, and İsmail Altay from different universities in Turkey provide evidence on the foreign exchan...

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Why did Argentina become a super-exporter of agricultural and food products during the Belle Époque (1880-1929)?
In the first wave of globalization the populations of some extra-European countries were also able to earn high incomes but with low levels of industrialisation. These countries had been recently colonised by Europe (Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Australia an...

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Plague and long-term development
The lasting effects of the 1629-30 epidemic on the Italian cities Guido Alfani is associate professor at University of Bocconi After many years of relative neglect, plague has recently started to recover a long-lost popularity among economic historians. In ...

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Accounting for the ‘Little Divergence’
This blog post was written by AlexandraM. de Pleijt, post doc at Utrecht University What drove economic growth in pre-industrial Europe, 1300-1800?  The Industrial Revolution is arguably the most important break in global economic history, separating a worl...

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Long Run Growth in Spain: Evidence from Historical National Accounts
Leandro Prados de la Escosura  (Universidad Carlos III, CEPR, Groningen, and CAGE) Can we rely on historical estimates of GDP to assess output and material welfare in the long run?  In the early days of modern economic quantification, Kuznets (1952: 16-17),...

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The mining sectors in Chile and Norway, ca. 1870-1940: the development of a knowledge gap
Kristin Ranesta d is a post-doc at University of Olso New EHES working paper Chile and Norway are two ‘natural resource intensive economies’, which have had different development trajectories, yet are closely similar in industrial structure and geophysical ...

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Danger to the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street?
Patrick O'Brien  is Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics NEW EHES Working paper  The Bank Restriction Act of 1797 suspended the convertibility of the Bank of England's notes into gold. The current historical consensus is that the suspension was a ...

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You Reap What You Know: Observability of Soil Quality, and Political Fragmentation
Thilo Hunig is  PhD student at Humboldt University, Berlin New EHES working paper Geographic conditions limited medieval rulers in their attempts to extract their peasants’ agricultural product. Soil quality determines agricultural output, and a high spatia...

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Sound for Seniors Workshop, August 23-24 in Gothenburg
Group photo, participants of the workshop This new series of workshop s builds up on the concept of the Sound Economic
History Workshop, which is
aimed at PhD students and post-docs , primarily from the Scandinavian countries, but instead, it targets
resear...

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Remembering Gunnar
By: Cormac Ó Gráda , Dublin Karl Gunnar Persson 19 March 1943 – 14 September 2016 In
last his email to me Gunnar Persson was full of the joys of life, looking
forward to his trip to Buriano (where he died suddenly a few days later) and
explaining how his so...
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