The Cambridge Economic History of the United States

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Stanley L. Engerman, Robert E. Gallman
Cambridge University Press, Apr 26, 1996 - Business & Economics - 500 pages
In the past several decades there has been a significant increase in our knowledge of the economic history of the United States. This three-volume History has been designed to take full account of new knowledge in the subject, while at the same time offering a comprehensive survey of the history of economic activity and change in the United States. This first volume surveys the economic history of British North America, including Canada and the Caribbean, and of the early United States, from early settlement by Europeans to the end of the eighteenth century. The book includes chapters on the economic history of Native Americans (to 1860), and also on the European and African backgrounds to colonization. Subsequent chapters cover the settlement and growth of the colonies, including special surveys of the northern colonies, the southern colonies, and the West Indies (to 1850). Other chapters discuss British mercantilist policies and the American colonies; and the American Revolution, the constitution, and economic developments through 1800. Volumes II and III will cover, respectively, the economic history of the nineteenth century and the twentieth century.
 

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Contents

The African Background to American Colonization
53
The European Background
95
Population
135
Economy and Society 16001775
209
Economic and Social Development of the South
249
Economic and Social Development of the British West
297
British Mercantilist Policies and the American Colonies
337
The Revolution the Constitution and the New Nation
363
Bibliographical Essays
403
Index
447
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