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Publication special issue on early trade statistics

At last the special issue is out ! It is available here:


Thank you to all contributors !


Trade statistics are a unique source to broaden our understanding of
early-modern economies and their evolution. Still, they have been
under-utilized by researchers.
This volume features a detailed panorama of early-modern trade statistics’
sources and discusses some of the ways they can be used to study the
transformation of European commerce and economies in the late-eighteenth
and early nineteenth century. It is of special interest for both economists
and historians interested in the period of the first Industrial Revolution.
In this special issue, Loïc Charles and Guillaume Daudin have gathered an
wide-ranging list of scholars, experts in the economic history of
early-modern trade from several countries.
This volume include twenty-three short essays discussing the various
available sources on trade data, as well as seven additional research
papers. In total, it provides information on thirty five coun tries or
areas. As to the research articles, three of them discuss methodological
issues regarding the use of early trade statistics, and the remaining four
others actually use some of these trade statistics to produce new insights.

The contributors to this volume are: Loïc Charles, Daniela Ciccolella, Ann
Coenen, Javier Cuenca-Esteban, Guillaume Daudin, Béatrice Dedinger,
Jean-Pierre Dedieu, Jari Eloranta, Hubert Escaith, Mathieu Grenet, Ragnhild
Hutchinson, Alejandra Irigoin, David Jacks, Aidan Kane, Klemens Kaps,
Szymon Kazusek, Lauri Karvonen, Jan Kochanowski, Cristian Luca, Silvia
Marzagalli, Maria Cristina Moreira, Jari Ojala, Ulrich Pfister, Luisa
Piccinno, Philipp Robinson Rössner, Werner Scheltjens, Donatella Strangio,
Eoin Tennisman, Giovanna Tonelli, Jeroen van der Vliet, Patrick Walsh,
Klaus Weber, and Andrea Zanini.

Edited by Loic Charles and Guillaume Daudin

Publisher: Les Editions du net

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Early (18th century – early 19th century) trade country questionnaires.

Here is an update on the early (18th century – early 19th century) trade country questionnaires.

We are now up to a 24-country coverage. I have given up Switzerland as a lost cause, and could not find someone yet for the Venice and the Papal States.

The following ones have been done and sent :

Belgique Ann Coenen
Milan Giovanna Tonelli
Navigocorpus Silvia Marzagali
Portugal Cristina Moreira
UK David Jacks

And I am still waiting for the final version of the following ones :

Allemagne – États territoriaux Béatrice Dedinger
Autriche Klemens Kaps
Ecosse Robinsson
Espagne Javier Cuenca
France Loïc Charles et Guillaume Daudin
Gênes Piccinno, Luisa
Hollande Werner Scheltjens
Ireland Patrick Walsh
Naples Daniella Ciccolella
Norvège Ragnhild Hutchison
Ottoman Empire Mehmet Bulut
Pologne Szymon Kazusek
Allemagne – Ports (Hambourg, etc.) Klaus Weber
Russie Werner Scheltjens
South America Alejandra Irigoin
Suède Anders Ögren
Sund Werner Scheltjens
US Javier Cuenca
Toscane Mathieu Grenet

OFCE special issue and May 23rd 2014 workshop

I am delighted to announce that the OFCE ( has accepted to publish a special issue (in English) of its in-house Journal about “18th century European trade statistics, existing series and methodological issues ».

The Revue de l’OFCE is accessible online, referenced in Econlit and (for French scolars) in the CNRS ranking list, which makes it a very reasonnable outlet in terms of dissemination/reputation, especially as we will publish methodology papers that usually find no easy outlet.This will be the occasion to publish the papers and questionnaires prepared for past meeting of the 18th century trade group in Lille and various places. We hope this issue will establish itself as an important reference for all people interested in 18th century trade.
To prepare this issue, Loïc and myself would like to organize a one-day workshop to confront 18th century historian with statisticians working with current-day data (e.g. from the statistic department of the WTO). This will take place on May 23rd 2014 in Paris (with the firm belief that anything being organized in Paris in May can only gather crowds).