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The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History

Francesco Boldizzoni


This book challenges the hold that cliometrics—an approach to economic history that employs the analytical tools of economists—has exerted on the study of our economic past. This book calls for the reconstruction of economic history, one in which history and the social sciences are brought to bear on economics, and not the other way around. The book questions the appeal of economics over history—which it identifies as a distinctly American attitude—exposing its errors and hidden ideologies, and revealing how it fails to explain economic behavior itself. The book shows how the misguided relianc ... More

Keywords: cliometrics, economic history, economic reasoning, economy, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691144009
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691144009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francesco Boldizzoni, author
London School of Economics