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- DescriptionDuring the late eighteenth century, invations in Europe triggered the Industrial Revolution and the sustained ecomic progress that spread across the globe. While much has been made of the details of the Industrial Revolution, what remains a mystery is why it took place at all. Why did this revolution begin in the West and t elsewhere, and why did it continue, leading to today's unprecedented prosperity? In this groundbreaking book, celebrated ecomic historian Joel Mokyr argues that a culture of growth specific to early modern Europe and the European Enlightenment laid the foundations for the scientific advances and pioneering inventions that would instigate explosive techlogical and ecomic development. Bringing together ecomics, the history of science and techlogy, and models of cultural evolution, Mokyr demonstrates that culture--the beliefs, values, and preferences in society that are capable of changing behavior--was a deciding factor in societal transformations. Mokyr looks at the period 1500-1700 to show that a politically fragmented Europe fostered a competitive market for ideas and a willingness to investigate the secrets of nature. At the same time, a transnational community of brilliant thinkers kwn as the Republic of Letters freely circulated and distributed ideas and writings. This political fragmentation and the supportive intellectual environment explain how the Industrial Revolution happened in Europe but t China, despite similar levels of techlogy and intellectual activity. In Europe, heterodox and creative thinkers could find sanctuary in other countries and spread their thinking across borders. In contrast, China's version of the Enlightenment remained controlled by the ruling elite. Combining ideas from ecomics and cultural evolution, A Culture of Growth provides startling reasons for why the foundations of our modern ecomy were laid in the mere two centuries between Columbus and Newton.
- Author BiographyJoel Mokyr is the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and professor of economics and history at Northwestern University, and Sackler Professor at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at the University of Tel Aviv. His many books include The Enlightened Economy and The Gifts of Athena (Princeton). He is the recipient of the Heineken Prize for History and the International Balzan Prize for Economic History.
- Author(s)Joel Mokyr
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication11/11/2016
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2016
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note1 line illus.
- Weight485 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine33 mm
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