Facts and Factors in Economic History: Articles by Former Students of Edwin Francis Gay

Facts and Factors in Economic History: Articles by Former Students of Edwin Francis Gay

Facts and Factors in Economic History: Articles by Former Students of Edwin Francis Gay

Facts and Factors in Economic History: Articles by Former Students of Edwin Francis Gay

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Professor Edwin Francis Gay has devoted full twenty-five years of his life to the furtherance of the study of economic history at Harvard University. His labors have been characterized largely by his search, alone or with the collaboration of others, for greater light on the facts and factors in his chosen field. The foundation for his work was laid during the period of his own student days in Europe. Perhaps the chief conviction that Professor Gay brought back from Europe, particularly from Germany, was the need for research in economic history. Contribution to the satisfaction of this need has seemed possible either by personal research or by training others to do scientific work. In fact, Professor Gay has chosen to follow both courses, although his time and energy have been given with exceptional lavishness to his students, particularly to candidates for the higher degrees.

Professor Gay's lectures have always been stimulating, not merely by reason of the shafts of light which illumine his treatment of causation or his elaboration of conclusions, but also by the steady barrage of fact after fact with which his instruction has been conveyed. His conferences with students have sometimes been yet more provocative because more direct. His frequent challenges, his manifold suggestions, and his gentle chiding, always interspersed with timely encouragement, have meant much to the contributors of this volume. Nor can any of his students fail to recall his many courtesies outside the class or conference room, or the richness and inspiration of a friendship given fully and without thought of time or trouble to all who asked it and even to those who showed the need without . . .

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