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The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History Paperback – Illustrated, Oct. 15 1999

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (Oct. 15 1999)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 552 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 019512121X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0195121216
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 785 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 22.91 x 15.19 x 3.12 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 56 ratings

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"A provocative and thoughtful tour through history."―The Economist

"Tantalizing....A bold thread coursing through the weave of eight centuries of economic history."―William P. Kucewicz, Markets

"This is a fascinating book; it is also an important one.... Fischer succeeds in demonstrating that there are recurrent waves of price revolutions in human history.... His is a powerful piece of historical analysis and ought to become part of everyone's framework of understanding."―William Rees-Mogg, New Statesman and Society

"A bold overview of how ordinary men and women have been protagonists in a drama that was (in retrospect) nothing less than the modernization of economic life."―Civilization

"An informative and readable history of price revolutions.... Fischer combines a lively narrative with cogent analysis and sound advice."―Library Journal

"This year's best book for investors....Too often, historical perspective on Wall Street means going back a decade or two. Mr. Fischer instead traces inflation data from medieval times forward, finding evidence of repeated long patterns of rising prices, followed by long periods of stability. In the process, he demolishes some theories of what causes inflation....The thesis is both believable and fascinating, and so is the book."―Floyd Norris, The New York Times

"It is rare to find a history book that tells an important story without putting you to sleep, especially perhaps if the subject is economic history. But David Hackett Fischer's The Great Wave is just such a book, both informative and compelling....A panoramic view of the role of prices and the pernicious effects of inflation down through the ages."―Stanley W. Angrist, The Wall Street Journal

"The Brandeis historian David Hackett Fischer gives us a brilliant, bold analysis of the relationship between economics―the prices of things―and human welfare over 800 years.... [This book] allows us to observe an audacious and prodigiously learned historian's mind at work.... Fischer has, in fact, given us one of our classic American jeremiads."―William S. McFeely, The Boston Globe

"The breadth and depth of Mr. Fischer's knowledge, his facility with languages and his expertise in handling both quantitative and qualitative evidence exemplify the historian's craft.... He has described the past and present in ways that inspire interesting questions and offer novel insights into our condition. Can a historian make a finer contribution?"―Thomas J. Archdeacon,The New York Times Book Review

"Mr. Fischer looks at a thousand years of European history, and documents with fascinating detail long periods of rising prices that are accompanied by social unheaval and even war, followed by long periods of stable prices accompanied by social calm."―Wall Street Journal

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