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The Poverty of ClioResurrecting Economic History$
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Francesco Boldizzoni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691144009

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691144009.001.0001

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The World we Have Lost

The World we Have Lost

Macroeconomic Perspectives

(p.120) Chapter 5 The World we Have Lost
The Poverty of Clio

Francesco Boldizzoni

Princeton University Press

This chapter covers macroeconomic issues, including economic cycles, money, price levels, the nature of growth, and the historical roots of underdevelopment. It shows how the micro level is logically linked to the macro level. It also argues that the crisis of the French-style economic history in the past twenty years is due more to French historians transferring their interest to cultural history. However, abandoning quantitative history in favor of the histoire des mentalités does not imply there is no room for economic history alongside the new political history and other aspects such as the history of the body and the history of death that were once considered eccentric.

Keywords:   cliometrics, economic history, social history, cultural history, medieval economics

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