America’s First Great Depression is reviewed in the latest issue of Pennsylvania History. Andrew Shankman of Rutgers University writes: “[A] highly successful and comprehensible book that puts the early takeoff years of American capitalism in their proper international context. It is a noteworthy achievement.” Read the review.
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In the current issue of New Left Review, Tom Mertes reviews America’s First Great Depression. “Roberts provides a striking picture of the decade’s economic woes, drawing extensively on contemporary commentaries from both sides of the Atlantic and informed by a vivid sense of American geography.” Read the review.
I’ve contributed an article to the November/December issue of PA Times, examining how the default crisis of the 1840s produced constitutional change in the United States. Read the article.
In the current issue of American Review of Public Administration, Curtis Ventriss of the University of Vermont discusses America’s First Great Depression: “What is noteworthy about Roberts’s meticulous historical analysis is not so much the validity of his conclusions, but instead his attention to the interplay of the global economy and the changing economic dynamics occurring domestically and the political detritus of such developments on the body politic. This is a prescient reminder of why the inclusion of a historical dimension is critical to any legitimate inquiry (coupled with appropriate empirical data) about the important nexus between public affairs and economic issues.” Read the article.
Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, draws on America’s First Great Depression in his recent paper on reform of the Eurozone, The Re-emergence of Europe.
The current issue of Political Science Quarterly includes a review of America’s First Great Depression, written by Johann Neem of Western Washington University. “Alasdair Roberts has written a thoughtful and timely book about how Americans in the past responded to global economic and political forces beyond their control. Roberts masterfully reinterprets the period for historians, but his goal is not primarily historical. Political scientists, policymakers, and citizens have much to learn from the economic crisis following 1837.”
I’ll be giving a talk on America’s First Great Depression at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union in Brussels on July 8. The current issue of Consilium, the internal staff magazine of the Council of the European Union, has a short article relating to the talk.