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International historical statistics : the Americas, 1750-2000
Mitchell, B. R. (Brian R.)
Personal Author:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2003]

Physical Description:
xv, 830 pages ; 29 cm
General Note:
Chiefly tables.
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HA175 .M52 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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International Historical Statistics: The Americas is the latest edition of the most authoritative collection of statistics available. Updated to 2000 wherever possible, it provides key economic and social indicators for the last 250 years for countries on the American continent, 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.

Author Notes

Brian Mitchell is Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This volume in the respected "International Historical Statistics" series (whose other volumes cover Asia, Africa, Australasia/Oceania, and Europe) is a crucial component of reference collections. Compiled from official government sources and accompanied by detailed data notes, the breadth and depth of this collection are extraordinary. The previous edition ended with 1993; this cumulative update is identical in organization. Statistics cover such areas as population and vital statistics, labor force, agriculture, industry, external trade, transport and communications, finance, prices, education, and national accounts. Data can be compared easily across countries or time periods, and notes give clear indications of aberrations. As might be expected, data for the 18th and 19th centuries can be spotty because publishing was limited in much of the Americas and is most likely to be available for general population numbers, trade and industry, and agricultural output. The book's only notable flaw is its lack of an index, but the table of contents is clear and the content easily browsed. The introductory pages specify the major data sources, political changes that affected the data over time, and exchange and conversion rates used. Newcomers to this work will probably be overwhelmed by its content. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers through faculty. T. M. Johnson University of Maryland College Park

Table of Contents

Provides statistical data in easy to use tables covering
Population & Vital Statistics
Labour Force Agriculture Industry
External Trade Transport & Communication
Prices Education
National Accounts