From now on there will be once in a while posts written by others in this blog. These will be written both by young scholars and by more senior, established scholars.
The idea is that these scholars will write short essays about the main conclusions (and possibly policy implications) from their overall work. Scholars will write about their work overall: the forest, not the trees. Speculation about future work and general considerations about the state of the field are welcome. Hence the logic is different (and a complement, not a substitute) from that of blogs such as EHES’s Positive Check or EHS’s The Long Run, where people write about one specific paper at the time.
Consistent with this policy, the two inaugural posts will be written by:
- Leonardo Ridolfi, who recently wrote an excellent PhD thesis which builds estimates for French real wages and GDP over the long run. This is an exciting development: those of you who have read this blog’s very first post will know that we previously didn’t have estimates for premodern France. This absence has been largely a sad heritage of the French academia’s aversion to quantitative history since the third generation Annales School. It is significant that it was an Italian, working at an Italian institution, that has finally done this. And Ridolfi has done an excellent job, going back to 1250.
- Willem M. Jongman, a well-known scholar of the economic history of antiquity. I first realized how outstanding his work was when I first heard him speak at the LSE, and read this chapter in the Cambridge History of Capitalism, Re-constructing the Roman economy. He will write about what have we learned in the last 15 years, and future projects.