The Panic of 1873 was a financial crisis that triggered a depression in Europe and North America that lasted from 1873 until 1879, and even longer in some countries.In Britain, for example, it started two decades of stagnation known as the "Long Depression" that weakened the country's economic leadership.The Panic was known as the "Great Depression" until the events in the early 1930s set a new precedent.The Panic of 1873 and the subsequent depression had several underlying causes, of which economic historians debate the relative importance.
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