Roger L. Ransom 
Distinguished Professor of History and Economics Emeritus, University of California, Riverside 
War and Economics in the Modern World

I received my B.A. in economics from Reed College in 1959 and my Ph.D from the University of  Washington in 1963.

I taught in the departments of economics at the University of Virginia and the University of California, Berkley before coming to University of California, Riverside in the fall of 1968.

In 1984 I moved from the Department of Economics to the Department of History at UCR.

I was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987-88 and I was President of the Economic History Association in 2004-05.  I won the UC Riverside award for Distinguished Teaching in 2003 and the Distinguished Humanist Lecturer Award in 2005.

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In June 2008 I retired from the University of California, Riverside after 40 Years of teaching in the Departments of Economics and History.  This website presents the fruits of my teaching and research at UCR.  You can  also follow my progress of my current book project, An Age of Catastrophes: How War and Economics Shaped the Twentieth Century.
From time to time I will offer comments on current events in historical perspective.  You can access these by clicking on the Food for Thought link below.

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Talks and Presentations

Food for Thought ...

I just finished two essays dealing with the economics of the Civil War.  

The first essay is titled "Causes, Costs and Consequences: Te Economics of the American CIvil War ," which has been published on the Essential Civil War Curriculum Website at Viriginia Tech (  The second is titled "The Civil War in American Economic History" and will be published as a chapter in the Oxford Handbook in American Economic History. 

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