Abstract 9-Volume 7-Number 1, Spring 2012

Economics in World History: Two Success Stories

Lucien Ellington

University of Tennessee Chattanooga

M. A. McCoy

University of Tennessee Chattanooga



The objective of this essay is to assist secondary school world history teachers and students with understanding basic economic concepts through learning about two successful pre-industrialized economies: The Florentine Republic and Tokugawa Japan.  This essay includes a short introduction about the importance of integrating economic concepts in history instruction; narratives suitable for teachers and many high school students on the economies of the Republic of Florence and Tokugawa Japan; and an annotated list of pedagogical resources suitable for more extensive study of both societies.

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