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Hoover Digest by topic: Economic History

October 12, 2011

What Would Hamilton Do?

Revisiting the founding father to whom a national debt, properly funded, represented “a national blessing.” By Michael W. McConnell.

October 12, 2011

Canadian Hat Trick

Canadian budget
Image credit: Taylor Jones

Ottawa quietly slashed federal debt, cut spending, and returned to budget surpluses. How? Not by reading Keynes. By David R. Henderson.

July 13, 2011

America’s Democratic Credentials

Hoover senior fellow Michael McFaul briefs President Obama in the Oval Office in
Image credit: White House/Pete Souza

Hoover fellow Michael McFaul, who has the president’s ear on Russia, argues that promoting freedom is both moral and wise.

July 13, 2011

Trial of a Thousand Years

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, left, arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in 1980
Image credit: USAF

Behind the headlines lies an old and basic question: in the clash between Islamism and the nation-state, who will win? By Charles Hill.

July 13, 2011

The Revolutionary Republic

Sun Yat-sen, at top center of this 1912 calendar

In 1911, China rejected feudalism to enter the modern era. A new Hoover exhibit on a century of change. By Hsiao-ting Lin and Lisa Nguyen.

July 13, 2011

"A Radical, a Troublemaker..."

“A Radical, a Troublemaker . . .”
Image credit: Taylor Jones

As a scholar and a black American, Walter E. Williams has always been his own map. By Nick Gillespie.

July 13, 2011

Robert Conquest's Five Books

Image credit: Taylor Jones

Hoover research fellow Robert Conquest was interviewed for the blog FiveBooks (, whose mission is to “invite international experts to recommend the best reading in their given fields of interest.”

July 13, 2011

Race and Economics

What do black Americans need in order to get ahead? A truly free market. By Walter E. Williams.

July 13, 2011

Extending an Invitation to Reform

Saudi King Abdullah, right, and then-president Hosni Mubarak of Egypt
Image credit: Agence France-Presse/Hassan Ammar

The United States has always been among the kingdom’s best friends. Who better to help it change? By Leif Eckholm.

July 13, 2011

Tigers of a Different Stripe

Singapore is among the celebrated Asian “tiger” nations
Image credit: Licensed under Creative Commons

After their revolutionary fever cools, Arabs will have work to do. They could do worse than to emulate the booming Asian nations. By William Ratliff.