Welcome to Broadstreet

We are dedicated to the study of historical political economy (HPE).

HPE is the study of how
political and economic actors and institutions have interacted over time.

It differs from much of economic history in the centrality of politics,
from much of political economy in that the context is historical,
and from much of history in the use of social-scientific theory and methods.

Our goal is to promote HPE and showcase important HPE research.
James Feigenbaum

1918 Every Year: Racial Inequality in Death from Infectious Disease in U.S. Cities in the Early 20th Century

The Covid-19 pandemic is poised to kill people on a global scale not witnessed since the 1918 influenza pandemic. Because the influenza pandemic killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide and 675,000 in the United States, it stands out among scholars as a uniquely catastrophic event. But less well-known is that the typical rate of death from infectious disease among urban nonwhites in the early twentieth century was just as catastrophic — even in non-pandemic years.

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Alexandra Cirone

Finding Historical Data I

As someone who does historical research, I think the most common question I get is “Where can I find historical data on X?”  Now, this

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