About the Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2012

Access to the fully searchable Economist Historical Archive 1843-2012. The Economist has been highly regarded for providing independent global, economic and political analysis since its first publication in 1843.

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Key features

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 2012 — from cover to cover. Each issues contains:

  • News, analysis, commentary, editorials, statistics, demographics, letters to the editor, obituaries, and historical photographs;
  • Special surveys and supplements on countries and industries;
  • Renowned sections including the Bagehot, Lexington, and Charlemagne columns;
  • Classified and display advertising profiling major companies and job opportunities.

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.

The magazine is fully text searchable and can be viewed by the page or by individual articles. Alternatively you can browse by issue cover. Results can be saved, bookmarked, emailed and printed. You can also search this eResource through Gale NewsVault which allows you to simultaneously search many other historical magazines and newspapers at the same time including British Library Newspapers.

More information

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.

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