Statistical Sources in France before World War I

Claude Diebold
Today, quantitative data are doubtless quite rightlyoccupying an increasingly large position in economic history.We are no longer in the period of vague descriptionsand collections of isolated facts that did not lead to anyvalid explanation. The influence of economists involvedhistorians in the handling of figures, essential measures forthose who wish to understand structures and detect movements.It is nonetheless true that there are serious differencesbetween the approach of economists and that of historians.Economists apply reasoning to practically...
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