The Economist Historical Archive*

Latest news

Watch 'Financial Times and The Economist Historical Archives - Creating a case study'  by Media History publisher, Seth Cayley>>

Read 'Voice of the New Global Elite' - an article looking at the importance of The Economist

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 is now available online from Gale, a part of 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 President, Barack Obama, take a look at what makes a good President by looking at the highs and lows of past leaders
                 The economic downturn            The war on afghanistan            US presidents 

* An additional year of content is added annually 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 15 million digitised facsimile pages, and more that 400 years of content, Gale NewsVault provides an unparalleled window to the past.

Gale NewsVault 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.

Click here for more details