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Ökonomie, Währung und Zahl – Wirtschaftsgeschichte und historische Metrologie. Ein Literatur- und Forschungsbericht 1980 bis 2007

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25 years ago this journal reported on historic-metrological publications after 1945. Time has changed. Public interest, scientific questioning and the focus of research in economic history have shifted since. Nevertheless – today we have a better founded and more diversified knowledge of historical metrology at our disposal than three decades ago. Selected publications since 1980 are reviewed under particular aspects of their economic historical relevance. In commenting the author refers to his own work and corresponding publications. At Siegen University "Volkswagenstiftung" and "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" have supported a sequence of economic-historical projects (1980–2005) finally leading to the editing of a "Handbuch der historischen Metrologie" (8 volumes, 1991–2007). Our research was based on the assumption – and the results do prove it –, that numerical information back to the early middle ages were rational and reliable and are comprehensible in metric terms.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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  • Founded in 1903, Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte is the oldest German periodical of social and economic history. The international, peer-reviewed journal features original articles in German, English, French and Italian.

    Today, VSWG is edited by Günther Schulz, Jörg Baten, Markus A. Denzel, Gerhard Fouquet and Hans Pohl and deals with all aspects of social history, social developments from the Middle Ages to today, as well as history of finance and economic history.

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