There are a number of economic events that have driven the world economy and a few of them have left a lasting impact and continue to be of interest to students, investors, and general researchers. This is particularly true when it comes to economic bubbles and manias.
For purposes of this guide, bubbles and manias refer to those situations where there is intense activity in a speculative investment opportunity and where the investment prices in the stock, assets, or market exceed their fundamental value. This creates an unsustainable "bubble" that bursts. Additionally, one of the hallmarks of these events is that these "bubbles" may have only been seen as a bubbles in retrospect.
This guide is intended for those researching economic history, but it is more specifically focused on economic bubbles, booms, and manias that primarily impacted the United States or have become case studies of the phenomenon. The general resources section offers materials that cover booms and busts as a general topic instead of specific events. A select few well-known examples of economic bubbles covered in separate sections include the following:
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