What Do We Analyse: Typology of Sources

Catherine Casson, Georg Christ, Christopher Godden, John S. Lee, Sarah Roddy, Philipp Rössner, Edmond Smith

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This chapter provides an overview over different types of sources that might be of interest to the economically minded or interested historian and the economist interested in history. Starting with administrative sources with a focus on medieval England and those that seem most important for the economic sphere (acknowledging of course that such a distinction is difficult), the chapter then reviews the Königsdisziplin, the ultimate in economic history sources, accounts: first official (tax, customs etc.) account, then private accounts including merchant letters. This leads to a discussion of the news content in these very letters and how newsletters and eventually newspapers emerged as a distinct genre. Deep in the realm of fiction by now, the next step are literary texts as sources of economic history followed by a discussion of posters and advertising. The chapter concludes with sections on archaeological and material sources including, of course, coins and a short note on historical geography and climate research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory and Economic Life
Subtitle of host publicationA Student’s Guide to Approaching Economic and Social History Sources
EditorsGeorg Christ, Philipp Rössner
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages45
ISBN (Electronic)9780429506819
ISBN (Print)9781138581234, 9781138581227
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Guides to Using Historical Sources


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