A galaxy of distinguished international economists and historians pit economic history against the shaky assumptions of the classical economic theory of natural growth. Their explanations consider the factors of technology, entrepreneurialism, and paths to economic growth, but each reflects an ideological wave of explanation that has marked the last two hundred years.
A stimulating and fascinating volume that should be in the library of anyone interested in economic history or technology.
A most important book...[It] contains a conspectus of the variety of work that goes into our studies nowadays: biometrics and cliometrics; theory and a review of theory; broad sweeps of generalizations, detailed research on a micro scale, and international comparison; some sociology; and some institutional politics...A rich offering.
Patrice Higonnet is Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History at Harvard University.
David S. Landes was Coolidge Professor of History and Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Harvard University, and the author of The Wealth and Poverty of Nations.
Henry Rosovsky was the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.