New article: How accurate are the British colonial Blue Books?

I have a new article out at the Economic History of Developing Regions on the British Blue Books, a staple source of statistical information for historians of the British Empire. In the article, I compare the retail prices listed in the Blue Books with market prices collected from African newspapers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and show that in some contexts the Blue Books can be an unreliable source for price history.

Published by Tom Westland

PhD student in economic history at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

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