October 21, 2002
Economic History Field Exam Reading List: Winter 2003

Economic History Field Exam Reading List

PART ONE: INDIA, 1600-1947

I. India in the Early Modern Trading World, 1600-1800

Davis, Ralph. 1973. The Rise of the Atlantic Economies. Cornell UP.
Holden Furber. 1976. Rival Empires of Trade in the Orient, 1600-1800. U Minnesota P. HF481F96 [Reviewed by Jacob M. Price, 1977, AHR Dec: 1309-1310; Ashin Das Gupta, 1979, JAS Feb:315-317.]
Kristof Glamann. 1977. "The Changing Patterns of Trade." In E.E. Rich and C.H. Wilson (eds.) Cambridge Economic History of Europe, Vol V. Cambridge UP.
K.N. Chaudhuri. 1979. "Markets and Traders in India during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries." In K.N. Chaudhuri and Clive J. Dewey (eds.) Economy and Society: Essays in Indian Economic and Social History. Delhi: Oxford UP. HC435E27
Om Prakash. 1986. "European Trade and the Economy of Bengal in the 17th and Early 18th Centuries." In J. van Goor (ed.) Trading Companies in Asia, 1600-1830. Utrecht: HES Uitgevers.
David Washbrook. 1988. "Progress and Problems: South Asian Economic and Social History c.1720-1860." MAS 22(1): 57-96.
Douglas A. Irwin. 1991. "Mercantilism as Strategic Trade Policy: The Anglo-Dutch Rivalry for the East India Trade." JPE 99(6): 1296-1314.
Douglas A. Irwin. 1992. "Strategic Trade Policy and Mercantilist Trade Rivalries." AER 82(2): 134-9.
John E. Wills. 1993. "Maritime Asia, 1500-1800: The Interactive Emergence of European Domination." AHR (Feb): 83-105.
Soren Mentz. 1996. "English private trade on the Coromandel coast, 1660-1690: Diamonds and country trade". IESHR 33(2): 155-173.
Kanakalatha Mukund. 1999. The Trading World of the Tamil Merchant: Evolution of Merchant Capitalism in the Coromandel. Hyderabad, India: Orient Longman.

II. Economy of Colonial India, 1800-1947

a) Impact of Colonial Rule: Theories of de-industrialization and drain
Percival Griffiths. 1952. "The Economic Impact." Section 4 of The British Impact on India. London: MacDonald.
Helen B. Lamb. 1955. "The ‘State’ and Economic Development in India." In Simon Kuznets, Wilbert E. Moore, and Joseph J. Spengler (eds.) Economic Growth: Brazil, India, and Japan. Duke UP. HC51K8
Daniel and Alice Thorner. 1962. "‘De-Industrialization’ in India, 1881-1931." In Land and Labour in India. Bombay: Asia Publishing House. HD2072T48
B.N. Ganguli. 1965. Dadabhai Naoroji and the Drain Theory. Bombay: Asia Publishing House. HB125N35G351
Morris D. Morris, et al. 1969. Indian Economy in the Nineteenth Century. Delhi: IESHA. HC435I78
Tapan Mukherjee. 1972. "Theory of Economic Drain: Impact of British Rule on the Indian Economy, 1840-1900." In Kenneth E. Boulding and Tapan Mukherjee (eds.) Economic Imperialism: A Book of Readings. U Michigan P. HC51B65
Neil Charlesworth. 1982. British Rule and the Indian Economy 1800-1914. London: Macmillan. DS463C4
Amitava K. Dutt. 1992. "The Origins of Uneven Development: The Indian Subcontinent." AER 82(2): 146-150.

b) Economic Policy of the Colonial State—Agriculture and Land Settlements
Thomas R. Metcalf. 1962. "The Struggle Over Land Tenure in India, 1860-1868." JAS 21(3): 295-307.
Ranajit Guha. 1963. A Rule of Property for Bengal: An Essay on the Idea of Permanent Settlement. Paris: Mouton.
Robert E. Frykenberg. 1965. Guntur District 1788-1848: A History of Local Influence and Authority in South India. London: Oxford UP. DS485G84F7 [Synopsized by Frykenberg, 1965, "Elite Groups in a South Indian District: 1788-1858," JAS 24(2): 261-81.]
Nilmani Mukherjee and Robert E. Frykenberg. 1969. "The Ryotwari System and Social Organization in the Madras Presidency." In Robert E. Frykenberg (ed.) Land Control and Social Structure in Indian History. U Wisconsin P. HD873L34
William Neale. 1969. "Land Is To Rule." In Robert E. Frykenberg (ed.) Land Control and Social Structure in Indian History. U Wisconsin P. HD873L34
David Washbrook. 1978. "Economic Development and Social Stratification in Rural Madras: The ‘Dry Region’, 1878-1929." In Clive Dewey and A.G. Hopkins (eds.) The Imperial Impact: Studies in the Economic History of Africa and India. London: Athlone. DA10L6C6v21
Sirajul Islam. 1979. The Permanent Settlement in Bengal: A Study of Its Operation 1790-1819. Dacca: Bangla Academy.
Ratnalekha Ray. 1979. Change in Bengal Agrarian Society c1790-1850. New Delhi: Manohar. HD879B4R39
Paul R. Greenough. 1982. Prosperity and Misery in Modern Bengal: The Famine of 1943-1944. New York. HC437B43G73
Sarada Raju. 1987. "The Agrarian Structure of the Madras Presidency: Impact of British Administration." In Sabyasachi Bhattacharya (ed.) Essays in Modern Indian Economic History. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal. HC435E671
Imran Ali. 1988. The Punjab Under Imperialism, 1885-1947. Princeton UP. HD879P8I471

c) Banking and Trade
Thomas R. Metcalf. 1962. "The British and Moneylender in Nineteenth-Century India." JMH 34(4): 390-7.
Amiya K. Bagchi. 1972. Private Investment in India, 1900-39. Cambridge UP. HG5732B33
C.A. Bayly. 1978. "Indian Merchants in a ‘Traditional’ Setting: Benares, 1780-1830." In Clive Dewey and A.G. Hopkins (eds.) The Imperial Impact: Studies in the Economic History of Africa and India. London: Athlone.
C.A. Bayly. 1983. Rulers, Townsmen and Bazaars: North Indian Society in the Age of British Expansion. New York: Cambridge UP. HT690.14B39
Maria Misra. 1999. Business, Race, and Politics in British India, c.1850-1960. Oxford: Clarendon.

d) Manufacturing and Labor
Daniel H. Buchanan. 1934. The Development of Capitalist Enterprise in India. New York: Macmillan. HC435B8
S.D. Mehta. 1954. The Cotton Mills of India, 1854 to 1954. Bombay: Textile Association.
Morris D. Morris. 1965. The Emergence of an Industrial Labor Force in India: A Study of the Bombay Cotton Mills, 1854-1947. Berkeley: UCP. HD8039T42I5M6
R.K. Newman. 1979. "Social Factors in the Recruitment of the Bombay Millhands." In K.N. Chaudhuri and Clive J. Dewey (eds.) Economy and Society: Essays in Indian Economic and Social History. Delhi: Oxford UP. HC435E27
Gregory Clark. 1987. "Why Isn’t the Whole World Developed? Lessons from the Cotton Mills". JEH 47(1): 141-173. [Response by John R. Hanson, 1988, JEH 48(3): 668-672. Reply by Clark, 1989, JEH 49(3): 707-714.]
Dipesh Chakrabarty. 1988. "Conditions for Knowledge of Working-Class Conditions: Employers, Government and the Jute Workers of Calcutta, 1890-1940". In Selected Subaltern Studies. Ed. by Ranajit Guha and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. New York: Oxford UP.
Keijiro Otsuka, Gustav Ranis, and Gary Saxonhouse. 1988. Comparative Technology Choice in Development: The Indian and Japanese Cotton Textile Industries. Macmillan. HD9886I42O881
Susan Wolcott. 1991. "British Myopia and the Collapse of Indian Textile Demand." JEH 51(2): 367-384.

e) The Depression and Decolonization
Christopher Baker. 1978. "Debt and the Depression in Madras, 1929-1936." In Clive Dewey and A.G. Hopkins (eds.) The Imperial Impact: Studies in the Economic History of Africa and India. London: Athlone. DA10L6C6v21
B.R. Tomlinson. 1979. The Political Economy of the Raj 1914-1947: The Economics of Decolonization in India. London: Macmillan. [Synopsized by Tomlinson, 1982, JEH 42(1): 133-7. Reviewed by M.D. Morris, 1982, JAS 41(2): 405-7; P. Harnetty, 1980, AHR 85(2): 447]
Dietmar Rothermund. 1992. India in the Great Depression, 1929-1939. New Delhi. [For a short version, see Rothermund’s "The Impact of the Great Depression on India in the Nineteen-Thirties." In Sabyasachi Bhattacharya (ed.) Essays in Modern Indian Economic History. (1987, New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal). HC435E671. Or Ch. 8 of Rothermund’s An Economic History of India, 2nd ed (1993, Routledge). HC435R56.]


PART TWO: EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES (to the 19thC)

I. The Classics

Adam Smith. 1776. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Oxford UP.
Thomas R. Malthus. 1802 [1999]. An Essay on the Principle of Population, 2nd ed. Oxford UP.
David Ricardo. 1819. Principles of Political Economy.
Karl Marx. 1861. Capital, vol. 1. Vintage.
Thorstein Veblen. 1899 [1994]. The Theory of the Leisure Class. New York: Dover.

II. Population, Technology, and Growth

Simon Kuznets. 1963. "The Meaning and Measurement of Economic Growth." In Barry Suple (ed.) The Experience of Economic Growth. New York: Random House.
John H. Hajnal. 1965. "European Marriage Patterns in Perspective." In D.V. Glass and D.E.C. Eversley (eds.) Population in History. London.
Esther Boserup. 1965. The Conditions of Agricultural Growth. Chicago.
Paul David. 1985. "Clio and the Economics of QWERTY." AER 75: 332-7.
Angus Maddison. 1991. Dynamic Forces in Capitalist Development: A Long-Run Comparative View. Oxford UP.
Paul David. 1993. "Historical Economics in the Long Run: Some Implications of Path-Dependence." in G.D. Snooks (ed.) Historical Analysis in Economics. London: Routledge.
William Nordhaus. 1994. "Do Real Output and Real Wage Measures Capture Reality? The History of Lighting Suggests Not." Yale University, Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper 1078.
Peter Passell and Jeremy Atack. 1994. "Population Growth and Redistribution." In Jeremy Atack and Peter Passell, New Economic History of the United States, 2nd ed. New York: Norton.

III. The Industrial Revolution

Alexander Gerschenkron. 1966. Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP.
David S. Landes. 1969. The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and the Industrial Development of Western Europe from 1750 to the Present. Cambridge.
Sidney Pollard. 1981. Peaceful Conquest: The Industrialization of Europe, 1760-1970. Oxford UP.
Douglass C. North. 1982. Structure and Change in Economic History. Norton.
Gavin Wright. 1990. "The Origins of American Industrial Success." AER 80:651-68.
Joel Mokyr, ed. 1992. The British Industrial Revolution. Boulder, CO: Westview.
N.F.R. Crafts and C.K. Harley. 1992. "Output Growth and the British Industrial Revolution: a Restatement of the Crafts-Harley View." EHR 45:703-30.
Jan de Vries. 1994. "The Industrial Revolution and the Industrious Revolution." JEH 54:249-270.
Hans-Joachim Voth. 1998. "Time and Work in Eighteenth Century London." JEH 58:29-58.

IV. American Labor Markets (19th C)

Peter Temin. 1966. "Labor Scarcity and the Problem of American Industrial Efficiency in the 1850s." JEH 26:277-298.
Sanford Jacoby. 1984. "The Development of Internal Labor Markets in American Manufacturing Firms." In Paul Osterman (ed.) Internal Labor Markets. Cambridge, MA: MITP.
Roger Ransom and Richard Sutch. 1986. "The Labor of Older Americans: Retirement On and Off the Job, 1870-1937." JEH 44.
William Sundstrom. 1988. "Internal Labor Markets Before World War I." EEH 25.
Susan Carter and Elizabeth Savoca. 1990. "Labor Mobility and Lengthy Jobs in Nineteenth Century America," JEH 50.
Susan Carter and Elizabeth Savoca. 1991. "Gender Differences in Learning and Earning in 19th Century America: The Role of Expected Job and Career Attachment." EEH 28.
Sanford Jacoby and S. Sharma. 1992. "Employment Duration and Industrial Labor Mobility in the United States 1880-1980," JEH 52.
Christopher Hanes. 1993. "The Development of Nominal Wage Rigidity in the Late 19th Century," AER 83.
John James. 1994. "Job Tenure in the Gilded Age." In George Grantham and Mary MacKinnon (eds.) Labour Market Evolution. London: Routledge.
Joshua Rosenbloom. 1996. "Was There a National Labor Market at the End of the Nineteenth Century?" JEH 56.


PART THREE: THE GREAT DEPRESSION

I. The Classical Gold Standard

Karl Polanyi. 1957. The Great Transformation. Boston: Beacon.
Michael Bordo and Hugh Rockoff. 1996. "The Gold Standard as a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval." JEH 56.
Barry Eichengreen. 1998. Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System. Princeton UP.

II. Financial Crisis and Monetary Policy

John K. Galbraith. 1955. The Great Crash 1929. Mariner.
Milton Friedman and Anna J. Schwartz. 1963. The Great Contraction, 1929-1933. Princeton UP.
Peter Temin. 1976. Did Monetary Forces Cause the Great Depression? Norton.
James D. Hamilton. 1987. "Monetary Factors in the Great Depression," JME 19.
Christina Romer. 1990. "The Great Crash and the Onset of the Great Depression." QJE 105.

III. The World in Depression

Charles P. Kindleberger. 1986. The World in Depression, 1929-1939 (rev. ed.). UCP.
Barry Eichengreen. 1992. Golden Fetters: The Gold Standard and the Great Depression, 1919-1939. New York: Oxford UP.

IV. The Spread of Keynesianism
John M. Keynes. 1932. Essays in Persuasion. Norton.
John M. Keynes. 1936. The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money. Norton.
Peter Hall, ed. 1989. The Political Power of Economic Ideas: Keynesianism Across Nations. Princeton UP.


PART FOUR: THE WORLD AFTER WORLD WAR II

Francine Frankel. 1978. India’s Political Economy, 1947-1977: The Gradual Revolution. Princeton UP. HC435.2F7
Moses Abramovitz. 1986. "Catching Up, Forging Ahead, and Falling Behind." JEH 46.
J. Bradford De Long and Barry Eichengreen. 1993. "The Marshall Plan: History’s Most Successful Structural Adjustment Program." In Rudiger Dornbusch, Richard Layard and William Nolling (eds.) Postwar Economic Reconstruction and Lessons for the East Today. Cambridge, MA: MITP.
Barry Eichengreen. 1996. "Institutions and Economic Growth: Europe After World War II." In Nicholas Crafts and Gianni Toniolo (eds.) Economic Growth in Europe Since 1945. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.
Dani Rodrik. 1994. "Getting Interventions Right: How South Korea and Taiwan Grew Rich." EP 20.


AAAG = Annals of the Association of American Geographers
AER = American Economic Review
AHR = American Historical Review
APSR = American Political Science Review
CSSH = Comparative Studies in Society and History
EEH = Explorations in Economic History
EHR = Economic History Review
EP = Economic Policy
EPW = Economic and Political Weekly
IESHR = Indian Economic and Social History Review
JAS = Journal of Asian Studies
JEH = Journal of Economic History
JME = Journal of Monetary Economics
JPE = Journal of Political Economy
MAS = Modern Asian Studies
QJE = Quarterly Journal of Economics

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Great list! What's the URL? :-)

Posted by: David Lloyd-Jones on October 21, 2002 01:43 PM

I love your reading lists!
thanks.

Posted by: Tobias on October 21, 2002 03:20 PM

Ya, why arn't these links! And when do I have to get all this read by?

Posted by: Rob Sperry on October 21, 2002 04:50 PM

These poor grads aren't going to suffer from sunburn any time soon! Hopefully lazyness will save some of them. I recall that one of cohorters was actually reading ahead on your economic history assignments (I know because I inherited his readers after his departure). He quit the program sooner than half-way through the bootcamp year... %-)

Posted by: Jean-Philippe Stijns on October 21, 2002 05:03 PM

My goodness. I hope you put together a reading kit. Bloody nice list though. Makes me wish I were back in school.

Posted by: Ian Welsh on October 21, 2002 11:04 PM

Some links to "classic" books from Part II (the copyrights have expired...)

Smith An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
Ricardo On the Principles of the Political Economy and Taxation
Malthus Essay on Population
Marx Capital
Veblen The Theory of the Leisure Class

In computer science it is pretty common to put recent .ps or .pdf papers online. Any paper published after 1992 or so is somewhere on the internet, usually accessible through the search engine, citeseer -- citeseer is to CS papers what google is to the internet. There is a movement to force journal publishers to put earlier papers online, as well.

Are economics journal publishers under any pressure to allow papers to be available online? It would be a shame if it wasn't so...

Posted by: Amit Dubey on October 22, 2002 06:54 AM

Another link:

Griffiths British Impact on India

Posted by: Amit Dubey on October 22, 2002 07:03 AM

Whoops, sorry, that last one is online, but isn't free...

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