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Resources from the Canadian Network for Economic History /
Réseau canadien d'histoire économique

  On the Status and Future of Economic History in the World
by Jörg Baten and Julia Muschallik (University of Tübingen)

In spite of a rapid globalization of our discipline, surprisingly little is known about economic history as a discipline and the scholars who are representing it: How many economic historians are there in the world? In which countries or world regions are they concentrated, and where are they lacking? Can we explain differences in the number of economic historians who are participating on world congresses, and which determinants encourage or limit participation propensity? We also provide a forecast of world congress participation in 2012.

This study is based on the first initiative to estimate the extent of the field in the world. Using an email questionnaire we analyze the global situation of this discipline. Overall 59 countries could be surveyed in this overview, including countries such as Vietnam, Ghana and Haiti. We estimate the overall number of economic historians in the world to be around 10,400 scholars, and the numbers of the global elite that had some economic history exposure around 39 million.

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  Economic History in Canadian Universities: A Survey
by Douglas McCalla and Shawn Day (University of Guelph)

This paper contributes to the discussion of the future of the teaching of economic history by documenting the current circumstances of economic history in Canada as represented by course offerings and faculty lists. Although economic history is sometimes done in interdisciplinary programs, business programs, political economy, and disciplines such as geography, demography, sociology, and anthropology, we focused our survey on the websites of history and economics departments across Canada and on related university websites (including timetables and course calendars).

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