The Handbook of Major Events in Economic History aims to introduce readers to the important macroeconomic events of the past two hundred years. The chapters endeavour to explain what went on and why during the most significant economic epochs of the nineteenth, twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and how where we are today fits in this historical timeline. Its short chapters reflect the most up-to-date research and are written by well-known economists who are authorities on their subjects.

The Handbook of Major Events in Economic History was written with the intent of presenting the professional consensus in explaining the economics driving these historical events.

part I|102 pages

World War I and the pre-World War I era

chapter 1|12 pages

Symmetry and Repetition

Patterns in the history of the Bank of the United States

chapter 2|9 pages

The Banking Panic Of 1873

chapter 4|8 pages

The Great Merger Wave

chapter 5|10 pages

The Panic Of 1893

chapter 6|17 pages

The Panic of 1907

chapter 8|11 pages

World War I

chapter 9|15 pages

The Classical Gold Standard

part II|98 pages

The interwar era and World War II

chapter 10|14 pages

The 1920S

chapter 11|8 pages

The 1929 Stock Market Crash

chapter 12|11 pages

Britain's Withdrawal From The Gold Standard

The end of an epoch

chapter 13|13 pages

The Great Depression

chapter 17|10 pages

World War II

part III|163 pages

Post-World War II era

chapter 18|11 pages

The Marshall Plan

chapter 19|9 pages

The Riots Of The 1960S

chapter 20|16 pages

The Great Inflation of the 1970S

chapter 21|27 pages

Historical Oil Shocks

chapter 22|9 pages

The 1970S

The decade the Phillips Curve died

chapter 24|10 pages

Disinflation, 1979–1982

chapter 25|10 pages

The Rise of China

chapter 26|13 pages

The Rise of India

chapter 28|20 pages

The Demise Of The Soviet Union

part IV|78 pages

The contemporary era

chapter 30|11 pages

World Hyperinflations

chapter 33|13 pages

Retail Innovations in American Economic History

The rise of mass-market merchandisers

chapter 34|13 pages

Government Bailouts