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ERIC Number: ED520826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Economics in History: What Every High School Student and Teacher Needs to Know. Footnotes. Volume 15, Number 8
Ellington, Lucien
Foreign Policy Research Institute
Historians work in a discipline with few inherent concepts and are obliged to draw upon many fields in recreating the past. Yet authors of most school history texts, state and national standards and curriculum materials seldom incorporate economic analysis in their work. Just look at state standards that include Adam Smith and John Locke but draw no connections between their economic thought and contemporary institutions, to world history texts that treat the British Industrial Revolution as a virtual crime against humanity. This essay's objective is to integrate an economic perspective into five common topics that are taught, depending upon the course, in every world or U.S. history survey class; Ancient Greece and Rome, Imperial China, Colonial English America, the British Industrial Revolution, and the U.S. depression of the 1930s. An annotated list of pedagogical resources for topics is also included along with general resources. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foreign Policy Research Institute
Identifiers - Location: China; Greece; Italy; United States