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xplain the article to the reader assuming the reader has never seen the article and has to rely on your account.

xplain the article to the reader assuming the reader has never seen the article and has to rely on
your account.

The short paper: This paper cannot be longer than 2 pages (see formatting rules below). The point
of the short paper is to explain the reading to a family member, who is very intelligent but does
not know much about economic history (even if you do have a family member who is an economist or a
historian). The short paper corresponds to the first bullet point below: explain the article to the
reader assuming the reader has never seen the article and has to rely on your account.

When writing your paper, assume that the reader knows nothing about the journal article. You first
need to explain the article to the reader. What is the article’s main point? What are the larger
stakes, and why should anyone care about the topic? What kind of methodology and data the author
uses to prove his or her argument? What are the conclusions? (for the short paper, this is all you

You must use a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Lyx etc.). Double space each
paper, including footnotes, endnotes, and the bibliography. Each page must be numbered by the
software. Margins must be at least 1 inch all around. The type font size must be at least 11
points. The page limit includes the main text, footnotes, and endnotes, but not figures or the
• You must prepare a cover page, which will not count towards your page limit. This cover page must
have nothing but your name and the title of your essay. Do not put your name anywhere else on your
paper. I will have the TA remove the cover page before I grade so that I can grade them “blind.”
• You can use only published, printed documents (books, articles etc.) as sources. You cannot cite
a lecture (mine or anyone else’s) as a source. Websites themselves cannot be sources.

All of these papers are available through JSTOR; there is also at least one print copy of each at
the library. You can access JSTOR through the link from a computer that has UA
library access, from your computer by connecting to UAWiFi or through UA VPN. You can then navigate
your way to the journal and article in question by doing a basic search.
1. Dingle, Anthony E. “‘The Monster Nuisance of All’: Landowners, Alkali Manufacturers, and Air
Pollution, 1828–64.” The Economic History Review 35, no. 4 (1982): 529-548.
2. Walton, John K. “The Demand for Working-Class Seaside Holidays in Victorian England.” The
Economic History Review 34, no. 2 (1981): 249-265.
3. Hobsbawm, E. J. “General Labour Unions in Britain, 1889–1914.” The Economic History Review 1,
no. 2-3 (1949): 123-142.
4. Dunham, Arthur L. “The Development Of The Cotton Industry in France and the Anglo- French Treaty
of Commerce of 1860.” The Economic History Review 1, no. 2 (1928): 281- 307.
5. Fearon, Peter. “The Formative Years of the British Aircraft Industry, 1913–1924.” Business
History Review 43, no. 04 (1969): 476-495.
6. Gilbert, Bentley B. “The Decay of Nineteenth-Century Provident Institutions and the Coming of
Old Age Pensions in Great Britain.” The Economic History Review 17, no. 3
(1965): 551-563.
7. Graham, Gerald S. “The Ascendancy of the Sailing Ship 1850-1851.” The Economic
History Review 9, no. 1 (1956): 74-88.
8. Henderson, W. O. “Germany’s Trade with Her Colonies, 1884–1914.” The Economic
History Review 9, no. 1 (1938): 1-16.
9. McCreary, Eugene C. “Social welfare and business: the Krupp welfare program, 1860–
1914.” Business History Review 42, no. 01 (1968): 24-49.
10. Jones, Michael John. “The Agricultural Depression, Collegiate Finances, and Provision for
Education at Oxford, 1871–1913.” The Economic History Review 50, no. 1 (1997): 57-81.

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