Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 13:29.
I'm looking for information about currency in some of the former Eastern bloc countries, particularly Poland, Czechoslavakia and Bulgaria. Specifically, I'm interested in the history leading up to the huge inflation after the collapse of the former Soviet Union, and the currency shift that followed.
A wonderful resource on our Databases page is Global Financial Data. Below the Research button at the top, select Global History of Currencies. You can then select any country at the right to get good, short articles about the monetary system in any country.
Searchworks shows that we have a book called Currency Convertibility in Eastern Europe. Look towards the bottom of the record and you can click on "nearby items on shelf" to see what else we have on the topic.
Submitted by email@example.com on Mon, 11/24/2008 - 11:46.
I'm researching the influence of the Bible on the abolition of slavery in the U.S., specifically John Brown's use of the Bible. I need to trace Bible publication and commentaries from the late 18th Century through the Civil War.
For a bibliographical and printing perspective, you might want to look at Margaret Hill's 1962 bibliography (which also includes an index to commentaries): The English Bible in America. Other volumes that may be useful include Spreading the Word, the Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America, The Bible and Bibles in America, and The Rise of Biblical Criticism in America, 1800-1870.
Mark Noll of Notre Dame has written extensively on the subject. A useful review essay appeared in the Journal of Biblical Literature in 1987. Noll's most recent work might also be helpful:The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. He also edited an earlier collection on the cultural history of the Bible in America, called The Bible in America, Essays in Cultural History.
Regarding John Brown specifically, the basic study of his religious beliefs is Fire From the Midst of You, by Louis DeCaro. DeCaro also maintains a John Brown blog, with details about John Brown's religious beliefs and artifacts from his life and death.
Many scholarly biographies also offer a great deal of information about John Brown's religious beliefs. Two of the most recent are Patriotic Treason, John Brown and the Soul of America by Evan Carton and John Brown, Abolitionist, the Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights by David Reynolds.
There is a large collection of the John Brown Papers at the Chicago History Museum, which includes his Bible, used and annotated by John Brown while awaiting execution. The collection has an online catalog.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 15:56.
I am looking for data on cultivable land area in Latin America between 1950 and 1990. The World Bank (WDI) has time-series data on arable but not cultivable land.
For an international statistical question, start with the following databases (available to Stanford students on the Databases page under the subjects "Government Information: International and Foreign" and "Statistics and Numeric Data"):
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is also a good place to check. Their FAOSTAT statistical database has cross sectional data relating to food and agriculture for about 200 countries.
There are also many statistical resources in print, which is sometimes the only way to find statistics before 1960:
A Searchworks search also returns a World Bank working paper called "Economic Growth and the environment" by Dennis Anderson (HG3881.5 .W57 P63 V.979) that includes "cultivable land area" from 1950-1990 with projections to 2030.
As you suggested above in distinguishing between "arable" and "cultivable" land, it is important to look at varying definitions to see how the organization collects and defines its data.
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