The Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2008*
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The complete online archive of every issue of the global weekly newspaper
What is the Economist?
Established in 1843 to campaign for free trade and freedom of the individual, The Economist is generally regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent weekly newspapers with an unrivalled reputation as a primary source of intelligent and reliable information through its consistently independent editorial perspective and intelligent analysis of weekly events.
The complete archive (1843-2008) is now available online from Gale Cengage Learning, with editorial, advertising and tabular matter all fully searchable. The archive can be purchased outright and owned in perpetuity or is available as a yearly subscription.
For over 160 years The Economist has appealed to business leaders and the influential. Politicians, diplomats, bankers, journalists and other opinion formers have relied on it consistently. Their use and approval of The Economist have made its back issues key witnesses to the focus and interests of opinion-formers and decision-makers worldwide.
Researchers and students alike can access high quality primary sources, enabling them to facilitate comparisons of economic trends across continents and centuries.
History brought to life
The Economist Historical Archive holds a wealth of material relevant to current affairs, such as:
- The Economic Downturn - Investigate, for example, the Great Depression of 1929 and the 1930s, the Secondary Banking Crisis of 1973–75 and the slump of the 1990s.
- The War on Afghanistan – Study Afghanistan’s turbulent past from the war with Russia to the US and UK involvement
- British Prime Minister David Cameron - Who is David Cameron? Take a look at some articles marking David Cameron's entrance to the forefront of British politics
- US Presidents – Whilst everyone’s talking about America’s new President, Barack Obama, take a look at what makes a good President by looking at the highs and lows of past leaders
* We have just added content from the year 2008 to the Economist Historical Archive
Objective, written anonymously, and editorially independent, The Economist is renowned for its consistent approach to internationalism and championing of minimal interference by governments in political and business affairs, making it the ideal historical resource for cutting-edge ideas in an easily digestible form.
“For writers and students, an unrivalled source of authoritative and accessible, political, economic and social analysis and commentary since 1843.”
Dr Richard Roberts, The Centre for Contemporary British History, Institute for Historical Research, London
The Economist Historical Archive on Gale NewsVault
The Economist Historical Archive is a part of the Gale NewsVault programme. Gale NewsVault delivers
the definitive cross-searching experience for exploring Gale’s range of
historical newspaper collections. Users can simultaneously search or
browse across some of the best-known and well-respected newspaper
collections available internationally to date, including the Financial Times Historical Archive. Providing access to over 10 million digitised facsimile pages, and more that 400 years of content, Gale NewsVault provides an unparalleled window to the past.
is available to all Gale historical newspaper collection customers now,
free of charge, enabling users to cross-search all of the Gale
historical newspaper collections that an institution holds.
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