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Robert C. Allen | Facts, Historian, Major Works, Biography, Books


IntroBritish economic historian
IsHistorian, Agrarian historian, Historian of technology, Economic historian, Educator
FromUnited Kingdom
TypeAcademia, Finance, Social science, Technology
Birth10 January 1947, Salem
Age73 years


Robert (Bob) C. Allen (born 1947) is Professor of Economic History at Oxford University and a fellow of Nuffield College. His research interests are economic history, technological change and public policy.He obtained his B.A. at Carleton College, Minnesota in 1969 and his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1975. He has been a professor since 1973, first at Hamilton College then from 1975 in the Department of Economics of the University of British Columbia. Since 2000 he has been associated with the University of Oxford, and from 2002 has been Professor of Economic History.He has been awarded the Ranki Prize of the Economic History Association for his 1992 and 2003 works (see below).


  • 1992: Enclosure and the Yeoman: The Agricultural Development of the South Midlands, 1450-1850
  • 2003: Farm to Factory: A Re-interpretation of the Soviet Industrial Revolution
  • 2009: The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective
  • 2011: Global economic history: a very short introduction
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