Rev Austrian Econ (2015) 28:119–122 DOI 10.1007/s11138-013-0223-y Francesco Boldizzoni, The poverty of Clio: Resurrecting economic history Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011. xi + 228 Pages. USD 39.50 (cloth) Pencho Denchev Penchev Published online: 27 April 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013 Francesco Boldizzoni’s new book, “The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History” seeks to push back against the growing imperialism of cliometrics. Boldizzoni sees this as a threat because “the (unconfessed) aim of cliometrics is not to increase our knowledge of the past” (p. 5), but to endorse specific worldviews and policy recommendations. “Thecliometricthreat” is not just a threat to the field of economic history. Much of the current economic history work being published in the leading journals is just the application or verification of institutionally sterile neoclassical economic theory models. The collection and processing of their own databases, calcu- lation and recalculation of GDP for various regions and more distant periods of the past, the comparison of wages, etc. has become a major preoccupation of economic histo- rians. It guarantees publications in prestigious journals, citations from colleagues, and hence a successful academic career. The sophisticated methodology of these economic history studies has at least two serious
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