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International historical statistics : Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-1993
Mitchell, B. R. (Brian R.)
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
London : Macmillan Reference ; New York : Stockton Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xix, 1113 pages ; 29 cm


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International Historical Statistics: Africa, Asia, Oceania is the latest edition of the most authoritative collection of statistics available. Fully updated to 1993, it provides key economic and social indicators for the last 250 years. The volume includes both hard to find historical data, and the latest figures available.


This book, the only global, multidisciplinary source of comparative historical data available, has been updated to include statistics, through the year 1993. International Historical Statistics (IHS) is an essential tool in exploring the forces leading to current global events. IHS can help identify global and regional trends as well as provide insight into past events.


International Historical Statistics; Africa, Asia and Oceaniais the most authoritative collection of statistics available. It provides key economic and social indicators for the last 243 years, serving as an essential reference source for both hard-to-find historical data and the latest figures available, and as an indispensable tool for comparisons between countries and across time.

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Choice Review

The most recent edition of this work (1988) included data through 1988. This edition extends the period of coverage, following the same basic format. Tables treat ten major categories: population, labor, agriculture, industry, external trade, transport and communications, finance, prices, education, and national accounts. Climate tables are excluded, but for many other tables data covering earlier periods have been expanded. The data are extensive, and Mitchell is careful to include information on sources (most commonly national statistical abstracts). He is also careful to note problems inherent with historical statistics, including reliability and varying periods of availability. Changes in colonial and national boundaries and in currency have complicated compilation and comparison; Mitchell provides introductory information and explanatory footnotes to clarify these situations. The absence of an index is alleviated by a useful table of contents. Historians and reference librarians will find this edition another invaluable resource in the series compiled by Mitchell. (The three volumes, including The Americas, 1750-1993 and Europe, 1750-1993, both forthcoming, are available as a set.) K. W. Berger; Duke University