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The Historical Statistics of the United States

The Historical Statistics of the United States
Millennial Edition
5 Volume Hardback Set


  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521817912

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  • Long the standard source for quantitative indicators of American history, a new edition of Historical Statistics of the United States is something that reference librarians, historians, and social scientists have long awaited. Not since the Bicentennial Edition was published in 1975 has new data and material been available. Utilizing information from the 2000 Census, this essential reference has been updated for the new millennium providing rich materials for both contemporary and historical researchers. This is a monumental work of collaborative scholarship providing a comprehensive compendium of statistics from over 1,000 sources recording every aspect of the history of the United States from population to prices; from voting patterns to Vietnam veterans; from energy to education; from abortions to zinc and everything in between. Over 80 scholars have contributed their efforts and expertise to select, assemble, and document the data, to write the introductory essays, and to analyze the material.

    • Updated version of an essential reference work
    • New topics have been added, including American Indians, slavery, poverty, and non-profit organizations
    • Chapters introduced by essays that review the quantitative history of a subject, review historical literature, and offer expert advice
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in the spring of 2006 is an update of a landmark reference long overdue for revision. Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition … a compendium of statistics from over 1000 sources last updated in the distant 1975, has been expanded to include over 37,000 data series-three times more than in the previous edition-and dozens of new topics, among them slavery, American Indians, and poverty. The monumental five-volume work will be available in both print and electronic formats.' Library Journal Reference Roundup

    'Treasure of figures … enlarges our rearview mirror and, perhaps, hints where we're headed.' Newsweek

    'This ultimate statistical source on numerical US history has been 30 years overdue for an overhaul; now, finally, the best is even better. A bargain for all libraries supporting research …' Nadine Cohen, University of Georgia, Athens

    'French semiologist Jean Baudrillard said 'like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.' Anyone who enjoys statistics will have their dreams fulfilled by using or browsing through Historical Statistics of the United States, which is highly recommended for larger collections.' Christine Bulson, Booklist

    '… a statistical treasure trove.' History Today

    '… a stunning achievement providing a multifaceted statistical profile of American history that will be valued by students, scholars and researchers of all types.' Against the Grain

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521817912
    • length: 5000 pages
    • dimensions: 316 x 258 x 305 mm
    • weight: 13kg
    • contains: 2000 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume I, 800 pages: Part I. Population: Population Characteristics
    Vital Statistics
    Internal Migration
    International Migration
    Family and Household Composition
    American Indians
    Volume II, 898 pages: Part II. Work and Welfare: Labor
    Economic Inequality and Poverty
    Social Insurance and Public Assistance
    Nonprofit, Voluntary, and Religious Entities
    Volume III, 864 pages: Part III. Economic Structure and Performance: National Income and Product
    Business Fluctuations and Cycles
    Consume Expenditures
    Saving, Capital, and Wealth
    Geography and the Environment
    Science, Technology, and Productivity
    Business Organization
    Financial Markets and Institutions
    Volume IV, 1056 pages: Part IV. Economic Sectors: Agriculture, Natural Resource Industries
    Construction, Housing, and Mortgages
    Services and Utilities
    Volume V, 816 pages: Part V. Governance and International Relations: Government Finance and Employment
    Elections and Politics
    Crime, Law Enforcement, and Justice
    National Defense, Wars, Armed Forces, and Veterans
    International Trade and Exchange Rates
    Outlying Areas
    Colonial Statistics
    Confederate States of America.

  • Editors

    Susan B. Carter, University of California, Riverside

    Scott Sigmund Gartner, University of California, Davis

    Michael R. Haines, Colgate University, New York

    Alan L. Olmstead, University of California, Davis

    Richard Sutch, University of California, Riverside

    Gavin Wright, Stanford University, California

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