Economic History first emerged in Western Europe and North America, specifically, in Britain, Germany, and the United States. It emerged in the late nineteenth century as an academic field devoted to the study of past economic phenomena and processes. Analysis in economic history is undertaken using a combination of historical methods, statistical methods and the application of economic theory to historical situations and institutions. Economic History seeks to try to understand historical events by appealing to our knowledge of economic processes. It course will be much more reading intensive than most other options – and most questions will be in essay format.