Abstract

The article discusses the conceptual and methodological challenges of comparative economic history, focusing on recent debates concerning alternative pathways of development in Europe and Asia, the agricultural systems of early modern England and the lower Yangzi region in China, and the historical demography of Eurasia. The article concludes that such debates support the perspective that there is substantial path dependency and contingency in economic history and that alternative development paths can be discerned across and within Europe and Asia.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-8034
Print ISSN
0145-5532
Pages
pp. 235-261
Launched on MUSE
2008-06-19
Open Access
No
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