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  • Years: 165
  • Issues: 8150*
  • Pages: 618,000*
  • Readership: 4 million as of 2009
  • Print Edition Circulation: 1.4 million weekly, 700,000 of which in North America as of 2009
  • Available in Gale NewsVault

    * Based on the archive 1843-2006.  Updates will add approximately 50 issues and 6,000 pages each year.


TIME PERIOD: 1843–2008


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Now Available in NewsVault! Since its first publication in 1843, The Economist has presented timely reporting, concise commentary and comprehensive appraisal of global news every week. Because of its global perspective and economic and political analysis, it is highly regarded and heavily relied on by the world's political and business leaders, opinion formers and decisionmakers.

Now, this internationally lauded, preeminent global weekly newspaper is available online as a fully searchable, digital collection.  With The Economist Historical Archive, 1843–2008 users can quickly access:

  • Every newspaper issued between 1843 and 2008 — from cover to cover
  • 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, job opportunities and more

Now with the addition of 2008 content, The Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2008 extends Gale's historical newspaper coverage into the current global recession. Following the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market in 2007, the year 2008 saw some of the most dramatic events of the crisis, including the Federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the U.S., and the nationalization of Northern Rock in the UK.

By examining the high-quality primary sources within The Economist Historical Archive, 1843–2008,  researchers can compare economic trends across continents and centuries, cull cutting-edge ideas from the economic and political perspectives of the past 164 years and conduct credible research into the great events of the 19th, 20th, and early 21st centuries.

Summary:  For more than 164 years, The Economist has reported on the world's political, business, scientific, technological and cultural developments and the connections between them and has appealed to the world’s elite for its economic and political analysis. Now, The Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2008 delivers a complete searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from the period. 

The Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2008 offers an invaluable perspective on the great events of the 19th and 20th centuries and is an essential accompaniment to The Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985 for its overview of national and international affairs. It provides researchers with quick access to:

  • Editorials, news, commentary and letters that afford unique insight into British, European, American and world affairs
  • Highly regarded country reports, industry reports, supplements and surveys that offer the ability to track regional trends and forecasts
  • Special surveys and supplements on countries and industries that offer perspectives on markets and geographies
  • Renowned sections like Science and Technology that provide in-depth topic analysis or Book Reviews and Obituaries that lend human interest
  • Classified and display advertising that profile major companies, job opportunities, educational opportunities and more from a global perspective
  • Key economic indicators post-1983 available in exportable format — many charts and tables are downloadable as a spreadsheet allowing users to manipulate statistical tables and financial and economic data as part of their research projects

With the full-text search capabilities of every issue of The Economist, researchers can conduct research on all the great events of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Significance:  The Economist is a highly regarded international newspaper with an editorial independence that has remained constant over the years.  Founded in 1843 to campaign for free trade and freedom of the individual, The Economist’s principles and methods remain relevant today. It is renowned for its consistent approach to internationalism and championing of minimal interference by governments in political and government affairs.  With a global circulation of more than 1.4 million, The Economist has consistently delivered a highly intelligent and comprehensive report of the week's events and has long been a leading magazine for business and political leaders, politicians, diplomats, bankers, journalists and other influential people throughout the world.  Its back issues are made accessible through The Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2008 and:

  • Serve as key witnesses to the economic and political history of the last 163 years
  • Provide a unique, unbiased analysis of major world events
  • Facilitate the comparison of economic trends across continents and centuries
  • Offer an ideal historical resource for cutting-edge ideas in an easily digestible form

Source:  Thanks to an exclusive partnership between The Economist Intelligence Unit and Gale, every page from the complete back file of this preeminent, global weekly newspaper is available for use by scholars and researchers in an easy-to-use digital format.

More than 163 years of history, thought and analysis are accessible online in seconds.

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