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Title:
International historical statistics : the Americas, 1750-1993
Author:
Mitchell, B. R. (Brian R.)
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Edition:
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
London : Macmillan Reference ; New York : Stockton Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xv, 830 pages ; 29 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780333726891

9781561592333

9781561592357
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Book

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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.


Summary

The only global, mulidisciplinary 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. Students and researchers in diverse areas, such as anthropology, business management, economics, and finance, international studies, sociology, and urban studies, will find essential information for their studies in this one comprehensive source. IHS can help identify global and regional trends as well as provide insight into past events.


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The need for comparative statistics of high quality is enormous. Students and researchers in all areas of economic, business, historical, social, and political studies make serious use of statistical data. For all statistical series, but particularly those that are historical, each society or country creates its own definitions and methodologies for the data gathered. Definitions may change over time in a given country or be understood differently by other nations. The methodology may be flawed or there may be political reasons to inflate or deflate numbers. Historical data often cannot be verified but must stand on their own merits, depending on the researcher to interpret the numbers. As the editor states, "Often there is nothing one can do about this lack of uniformity except indicate its existence and warn against glib comparisons." That said, this is the best single volume of comparative data for the countries of the Western Hemisphere. The sources for each country's data are given. There are ten major categories: population and vitals, labor force, agriculture, industry, external trade, transport and communications, finance, prices, education, and national accounts. A short essay precedes each statistical series describing the compilation methodology and problems. Users with appropriate backgrounds who trouble to read the editorial notes will find the book easy to use and invaluable in the time it saves. Virtually none of the page numbers in the table of contents are current. Academic collections. J. M. Robson; Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology