Back to the Future: Jeffrey Williamson on globalisation in history


An interview with introduction by Brian Snowdon

Published: December 2003


Jeffrey Williamson is a leading authority on the economic history of the international economy. His interests cover a wide area within the field of economic history and include research on international economic development, the industrial revolution, industrialisation and de-industrialisation, tariff policy, factor price convergence, demography and economic development, and international labour migration. Since the early 1960s he has been a major contributor to the ‘cliometric’ approach to economic history and his research illustrates how history is particularly relevant to the modern debate on ‘globalisation’. In this interview Brian Snowdon discusses with Professor Williamson his more recent research relating to the global economy in historical perspective.



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