|Komlos, John (20. April 2009): How useful is anthropometric history? Some reflections on Paul Hohenberg’s recent presidential address to the American Economic History Association. Discussion Papers in Economics 2009-6|
In his recent presidential address to the American Economic History Association, Paul Hohenberg argued that anthropometric history does not meet his criteria for useful research in the field of economic history. He considers research useful if (a) it "helps shape one of our underlying disciplines"; b) it contributes "to clear—even fresh—thinking about current, policy-related issues or on-going scholarly debates about the historical past"; and c) it "penetrates the fuzzy realm of identity-shaping popular discourse". I argue briefly that only a superficial reading of the literature would lead to the conclusion that anthropometric history has not been useful.
|Item Type:||Paper (Discussion Paper)|
|Keywords:||Economic History - General; Economic History - Development of the Discipline: Historiographical, Sources and Methods|
Economics > Munich Discussion Papers in Economics
Economics > Munich Discussion Papers in Economics > Economic History
Economics > Chairs > Chair of Economic History
|Subjects:||300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology|
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
|JEL Classification:||N00, N01|
|Deposited On:||21. Apr 2009 09:53|
|Last Modified:||29. Apr 2016 15:35|
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