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Economic history is the academic study of economies or economic events of the past. Research is conducted using a combination of historical methods, statistical methods and the application of economic theory to historical situations and institutions. The field can encompass a wide variety of topics, including equality, finance, technology, labor, and business. It emphasizes historicizing the economy itself, analyzing it as a dynamic force and attempting to provide insights into the way it is structured and conceived.

Using both quantitative data and qualitative sources, economic historians emphasize understanding the historical context in which major economic events take place. They often focus on the institutional dynamics of systems of production, labor, and capital, as well as the economy's impact on society, culture, and language. Scholars of the discipline may approach their analysis from the perspective of different schools of economic thought, such as mainstream economics, Marxian economics, the Chicago school of economics, and Keynesian economics.

Sub-disciplines of the field include financial and business history, which overlaps with areas of social history such as demographic and labor history. The quantitative (econometric) study of economic history is also known as cliometrics. Historians have recently re-engaged with the study of economic history in a new field calling itself history of capitalism.

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Visitor Information Services - Oregon

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Forbs and Wildflowers - B

Forbs and Wildflowers - B

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Foresters at Work - South Dakota

Foresters at Work - South Dakota

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Cactus - All States

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Grassland Types - Arizona

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Cactus - All States

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Cactus - All States

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Forbs and Wildflowers - E

Forbs and Wildflowers - E

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Indian - Minnesota

Indian - Minnesota

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Forbs and Wildflowers - E

Forbs and Wildflowers - E

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Portraits - Portraits "S"

Portraits - Portraits "S"

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Portraits - Portraits "W"

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Methods and Technologies - All States

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Cattle Grazing - Nevada

Cattle Grazing - Nevada

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Cattle Grazing - Idaho

Cattle Grazing - Idaho

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Job Corps - Improvements - All States

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Cattle Grazing - Wyoming

Cattle Grazing - Wyoming

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Forbs and Wildflowers - P

Forbs and Wildflowers - P

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Effects of Grazing - Arizona

Effects of Grazing - Arizona

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Indian - Alaska

Indian - Alaska

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Cattle Grazing - Louisiana

Cattle Grazing - Louisiana

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Sheep Grazing - Idaho

Sheep Grazing - Idaho

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Grasses - W

Grasses - W

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Job Corps - Recreation - All States

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Cooperation with Permittees - All States

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Range Fences - All States

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Range Fences - All States

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Transportation of Livestock - All States

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Job Corps - Education - All States

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Visitor Information Services - Idaho

Visitor Information Services - Idaho

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Visitor Information Services - Idaho

Visitor Information Services - Idaho

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Dipping and Spraying - All States

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Handling Stock - All States

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Cattle Grazing - General

Cattle Grazing - General

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Equipment: Range Improvement - All States

Equipment: Range Improvement - All States

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Handling Stock - All States

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Shrubs - R

Shrubs - R

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Range Revegetation - New Mexico

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Geological Formations - Canyons - Arizona

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Geological Formations - Other - Indiana

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Livestock Sheep - All States

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Geological Formations - Lava Formations - All States

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Scenery and Landscapes - Oregon

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Scenery and Landscapes - Oregon

Scenery and Landscapes - Oregon

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Scenery and Landscapes - Idaho

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Snow Scenes - Alaska

Snow Scenes - Alaska

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Range Revegetation - Plant Control - Utah

Range Revegetation - Plant Control - Utah

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Livestock Horses - All States

Livestock Horses - All States

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Effects of Grazing - Oregon

Effects of Grazing - Oregon

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Scenery and Landscapes - Washington

Scenery and Landscapes - Washington

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Recreation Improvements - Wyoming

Recreation Improvements - Wyoming

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Geological Formations - New Mexico

Geological Formations - New Mexico

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Small Sawmills - Virginia

Small Sawmills - Virginia

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Mills, Milling and Log Storage - Washington

Mills, Milling and Log Storage - Washington

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Large Sawmills - Virginia

Large Sawmills - Virginia

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Sawmill Interiors - Arkansas

Sawmill Interiors - Arkansas

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Small Sawmills (mold) - District of Columbia

Small Sawmills (mold) - District of Columbia

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Large Sawmills - New Mexico

Large Sawmills - New Mexico

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Small Sawmills (mold) - Indiana

Small Sawmills (mold) - Indiana

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Small Sawmills - Missouri

Small Sawmills - Missouri

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Active Fires - Arizona

Active Fires - Arizona

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Damaged Properties - Maine

Damaged Properties - Maine

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Forest Fires: Causes - Virginia

Forest Fires: Causes - Virginia

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Communications: Telephones - All States

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Active Fires - Oregon

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Burned -Over Areas - Camera Point - Florida

Burned -Over Areas - Camera Point - Florida

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Forest Fire Camps - Idaho

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Active Fires - Oregon

Active Fires - Oregon

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Burned -Over Areas - Idaho

Burned -Over Areas - Idaho

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Fire Control: Detection - Washington

Fire Control: Detection - Washington

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Training Fire Crews - All States

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Fire Suppression: Ground Water - All States

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Active Fires - Oregon

Active Fires - Oregon

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Fire Suppression: Ground Water - All States

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Fire Control: Lookouts - Florida

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Fire Suppression: Ground Light Machinery - All States

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Disease Control - Oregon

Disease Control - Oregon

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CFFP Program Special Events - All States

CFFP Program Special Events - All States

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Fire Suppression: Ground Handtools - All States

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Maps and Charts - All States

Maps and Charts - All States

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Smokejumpers: In Action - Washington

Smokejumpers: In Action - Washington

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Maps and Charts - All States

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Maps and Charts - All States

Maps and Charts - All States

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Disease Control - Wyoming

Disease Control - Wyoming

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Communications: Radios - Oregon

Communications: Radios - Oregon

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Seasoning and Shipping Lumber - Tennessee

Seasoning and Shipping Lumber - Tennessee

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Wildlife Research Studies - All States

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Mudflows - All States

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Volcanoes - After Mount St. Helens Eruption - Washington

Volcanoes - After Mount St. Helens Eruption - Washington

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Sheep Grazing: General

Sheep Grazing: General

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Crude Products: Bolts and Handicraft - Arkansas

Crude Products: Bolts and Handicraft - Arkansas

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Fire Prevention - Slash Disposal

Fire Prevention - Slash Disposal

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Soils - General

Soils - General

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Crude Products: Christmas Greens - Washington

Crude Products: Christmas Greens - Washington

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Crude Products: Christmas Greens - District of Columbia

Crude Products: Christmas Greens - District of Columbia

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Soils - General

Soils - General

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High Lead Log Skidding: General

High Lead Log Skidding: General

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Administrative Structures - Idaho

Administrative Structures - Idaho

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Artificial Regeneration - General

Artificial Regeneration - General

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Erosion Control - Repeat Photo Series

Erosion Control - Repeat Photo Series

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