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The '2008 Crisis' in an economic history perspective: Looking at the twentieth century

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  • Christopher Kobrak
  • Mira Wilkins

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This introduction sets the articles in this special issue into their historical context and explores some of the definitional problems associated with discussions of financial and economic crises. It highlights some of the unifying themes and wider lessons of the papers found in the issue and makes the case for greater historical understanding of crises while outlining the limits of historical analogy.

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  • Christopher Kobrak & Mira Wilkins, 2011. "The '2008 Crisis' in an economic history perspective: Looking at the twentieth century," Business History, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(2), pages 175-192.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:bushst:v:53:y:2011:i:2:p:175-192
    DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2011.555104
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    1. James Foreman-Peck, 2014. "Great recessions compared," Investigaciones de Historia Económica (IHE) Journal of the Spanish Economic History Association, Asociacion Espa–ola de Historia Economica, vol. 10(02), pages 92-103.

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