here for a list of course readings
Click here for one page with all the lectures.
wikipedia: economic history is "the study of how economic phenomena evolved in the past". Practically, the meaning of economic phenomena is very expansive. We study the typical topics --- prices, markets, economic growth, banks, etc --- but economic historians also study things, like slavery, that aren't obviously related to economics. We study history. This means we describe the past. Also, we do economics. This means that we're interested in answering economic questions. In fact, economic historians are primarily interested in history because it provides a unique source of data to use for answering economic questions. Another, perhaps better, definition of economic history is "the testing of economic hypotheses using historical data". In American economic history, then, we test hypotheses using data generated in American history.
What sort of questions will we study? Here are a few:
Here's the course syllabus and below is the topics we'll cover: