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Raise the level of your research on global political and economic news and analysis with the source used by top leaders and thinkers.

For over 170 years, the Economist has reported on the world’s political, business, scientific, technological, and cultural developments and the connections between them, appealing to the world’s elite for its economic and political analysis. The Economist Historical Archive offers an invaluable perspective on the great events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and is an essential accompaniment to The Times Digital Archive and the Financial Times Historical Archive for its overview of national and international affairs. It provides researchers with quick access to:

  • Editorials, news, commentary and letters that afford 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 such as "Science and Technology" that provide in-depth topic analysis, as well as book reviews and obituaries that lend human interest
  • Classified and display advertising that profiles 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
  • With the full-text search capabilities, students and scholars can conduct research on all the great events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Founded in 1843, the Economist’s principles and methods remain relevant today. It is renowned for its consistent approach to internationalism and championing of minimal state in political and government affairs. In more than 8,000 issues since its first publication in 1843, The Economist has presented timely reporting, concise commentary and comprehensive analysis of global news every week. With objective authority, clarity and wit, The Economist presents the worlds political, business, scientific, technological and cultural developments and the connections between them. Full-colour images, multiple search indexes, and the facility to browse each and every issue - all combine to offer a unique primary source covering the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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 and serve as key witnesses to the economic and political history of the last 170 years. They provide a unique, unbiased analysis of major world events; facilitate the comparison of economic trends across continents and centuries; and offer an ideal historical resource for cutting-edge ideas in an easily digestible form.

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. The many supplements, special reports, and surveys that appear regularly in the Economist will be particularly useful to students working on projects, teachers seeking to expand their reading lists, and researchers working on company and industry trends and history.

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  • Business and Finance
  • European Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Sociology
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization


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Key Features of The Economist Historical Archive The complete run – more than 8,686 issues

  • Digitally captured in full colour from print copies
  • Full text and keyword searchable
  • Selection of fully searchable and downloadable tables
  • Multiple search paths and limiters to pinpoint results quickly
  • Cross-searchable with other Gale products via Gale Primary Sources
  • Searchable covers gallery
  • Authoritative “leaders” (editorials), news coverage, commentaries and letters on British, American and world politics and business
  • Special surveys and supplements on Countries and Industries
  • Renowned sections including 'Science and Technology'
  • Classified and display advertising profiling major companies, job opportunities, etc
  • Founded in 1843 to campaign for free trade and freedom of the individual, its principles and its methods remain just as relevant today. With a global circulation of more than 1.2 million, The Economist has consistently delivered a highly intelligent and comprehensive report of the week's events, with dispatches from all over the world

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Term Frequency

Researchers can now easily see the frequency of search terms within sets of content to begin identifying central themes and assessing how individuals, events, and ideas interacted and developed over time.

Term Clusters

By grouping commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections to search terms — helping scholars shape their research and integrate diverse content with relevant information.


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Reviews & Testimonials

“For writers and students, an unrivalled source of authoritative and accessible, political, economic, and social analysis and commentary since 1843.”

Dr. Richard Roberts, the Centre for Contemporary British History, Institute for Historical Research, London

“An archive as gripping as it is good. . . . The Economist has shown how backfile digitisation should be done.”

Mark Chillingworth, Information World Review

“This is an excellent archive and [Gale] is really demonstrating its skills in digitisation.”

Dr. Henry Miller, lecturer nineteenth-century British history, University of Manchester, UK

“Furthermore, it is a bountiful source for students undertaking projects or researching dissertations. Published weekly since 1843 -- an unrivalled run -- The Economist is a fount of authoritative, but accessible, analysis of international political, social and economic developments. While business and finance receive extensive coverage, so do politics, wars, social issues, technology, personalities, and a host of other matters. Moreover, it is a treasure trove of statistical data.”

Dr. Richard Roberts, the Centre for Contemporary British History, Institute for Historical Research, London