About the Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2020

The Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2020

The Economist presents the worlds political, business, scientific, technological and cultural developments and the connections between them. With this archive users can access every weekly issue between 1843 and 2015 — from cover to cover.

Founded to support free trade and freedom of the individual, The Economist was first published on 2 September 2, 1843. Objective, written anonymously, and editorially independent, The Economist is renowned for its consistent approach to internationalism and championing of minimal interference by governments in political and business affairs.


By examining the high-quality primary sources within the archive you can compare economic trends across continents and centuries and conduct research into the great events of the 19th, 20th, and early 21st centuries. For example:

  • The Economic Downturn - Investigate the Great Depression of 1929 and the 1930s, the Secondary Banking Crisis of 1973–75 and the slump of the 1990s;
  • The War on Afghanistan – Study Afghanistan’s turbulent past from the war with Russia to the US and UK involvement;
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron - Who is David Cameron? Take a look at some articles marking David Cameron's entrance to the forefront of British politics;
  • US Presidents – Take a look at what makes a good President by looking at the highs and lows of past leaders.

You can search this eResource through Gale Primary Sources which allows you to simultaneously search many other historical magazines and newspapers at the same time including the Financial Times Historical Archive.

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