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American Economic History (8th Edition) (Pearson Series in Economics) 8th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0137037414
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Rich in both quantitative techniques and economic theory,American Economic Historydemonstrates how an understanding of our past can illuminate economic issues that face society today and in the future.

Overseas Empire; Colonial Development; America on the Eve of Revolution; Gaining Independence; Westward Expansion; Population and Labor Force; Law and the Rise of Classical American Capitalism; Transportation: Internal Improvements and Urbanization; Agricultural Expansion: The Conflict of Two Systems on the Land; The Debate Over Slavery; The Early Industrial Sector; The Financial System and the International Economy; Economic Effects of the Civil War;  Railroads and Economic Development; Post-Civil War Agriculture; Population Growth and the Atlantic Migration; Industrialization, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Growth; Big Business and Government Intervention; Financial Developments 1863-1914; The Great Economy and Its International Relations; Labor and the Law; The Command Economy Emerges: World War I; “Normalcy: 1919-1929; The Great Depression; The New Deal; The “Prosperity of Wartime; Before the New Frontier: The Postwar Economy; Population, Health and Labor; Postwar Industry and Agriculture; To the New Millennium and Beyond; Does Our Past Have a Future?

For those interested in learning how our present economy works by exploring its past.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pearson Series in Economics
  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (January 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137037414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137037414
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lehigh History Student VINE VOICE on December 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful textbook for anyone looking to teach a course on economic history of the United States. For just general reading I would recommend Gordon's An Empire of Wealth but for others looking to teach or do an independent study this is a must. It clearly lays out all the developments in our economy very carefully and does a wonderful job of discussing current and relevant literature so you can specialize in the areas that you wish to look at further.
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For what it aims to accomplish, this is a first-rate book. Cain (who took over authorship in a prior editions after Hughes untimely death) aims to provide a comprehensive, chronologically arranged narrative and analysis of American economic growth from the Colonial period to the present. The intent is to reach a broad audience and Cain writes clearly, avoids use of a lot of technical language, introduces basic economic concepts as needed, and is very good at explaining relatively abstruse questions. Book production is very good and a strength of this volume. The narrative writing is very strong, there is abundant use of clear and well chosen tables and charts to illustrate many important points and issues. There are a number of nice illustrations in each chapter. Cain does a particularly nice job of providing useful bibliographies and sets of references for further reading.

One of the best things about this book is the broad spectrum of issues and analyses discussed. What might be considered the core issues of economic growth, patterns of trade, financial history, and other more purely economic topics are covered extremely well. In addition, there are a number of excellent and interesting sections on important related topics such as the importance and evolution of the American legal system, demographic changes, history of technology, and good coverage of specific and sometimes controversial issues such as the economics of slavery. Cain does a nice job of discussing the history of some controversies.

While relatively minor, there are some defects. The narrative, while generally strong, is sometimes a bit historically tone-deaf. Its not, for example, really accurate to refer to the dynastic states of 17th century France and Spain as nation-states.
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Great text book!
Faults: No pictures and no diagrams but...
Assets: The book incorporates years of historical and economic debate in succinct explanations. The writing is clear, very witty and tells the STORY of American Economic History in an engaging and meaningful way. The book contains more of an historical perspective with an economic lens, than an economic principles perspective applied to history.
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Came very fast!!! I procrastinated and got it at last minute but it still arrived a day before classes began!! I rented a paperback book because it was so unbelievably cheap, I honestly thought it would be a worn down old book, but the one I got looks brand new! I was able to rent it for the entire semester and then two weeks extra which is really cool because my final test is an open book test :D This was a great option and I am very pleased with it, will definitely recommend and rent again :D
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Outstanding! Well-written, detailed, clearly links events and shows how consequences flow from them. Bought for a class, but kept because it's just too darn good to let go of.
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College sucks. So many books, with so many pages. But this seller gave me a great product for a great deal and now I have more money in my pocket! Thanks man! Great quality, shipped timely and well, exceeded my expectations.
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By Leilani Leon on September 23, 2013
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Textbook is in great condition and was shipped on time! The price of this really helped with all the fees I had to pay for tuition.
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Well worth the Money......Very detailed Economic info..........Very Happy I bought it.......
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