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Economic History and Contemporary Challenges to Globalization

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The paper surveys three economic history literatures that can speak to contemporary challenges to globalization: the literature on the anti-globalization backlash of the nineteenth century, focused largely on trade and migration; the literature on the Great Depression, focused largely on capital flows, the gold standard, and protectionism; and the literature on trade and warfare.

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  • Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke, 2018. "Economic History and Contemporary Challenges to Globalization," NBER Working Papers 25364, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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