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- DescriptionIn stark contrast to popular narratives, The Great Divergence Reconsidered shows that Europe's rise to an undisputed world ecomic leader was t the effect of the Industrial Revolution, and cant be explained by coal or colonial exploitation. Using a wealth of new historical evidence stretching from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, Roman Studer shows that this 'Great Divergence' must be shifted back to the seventeenth century, if t earlier. Europe was characterized by a more powerful transportation system, bigger trade flows, larger and better integrated markets, higher productivity levels, and superior living standards even before the Industrial Revolution brought about far-reaching structural changes and made Europe's supremacy even more prounced. While the comparison with Europe draws significantly on India, the central conclusions seem to hold for Asia - and indeed the rest of the world - more generally. An interplay of various factors best explains Europe's early and gradual rise, including better institutions, favorable geographical features, increasing political stability, and increasingly rapid advances in science and techlogy.
- Author BiographyRoman Studer has worked both in academia and in the private sector, and he is currently the chief operating officer of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society at the University of Zurich. He was a postdoctoral prize research fellow at Oxford University and then a lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was awarded the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize by the Economic History Association for the best dissertation in international economic history.
- Author(s)Roman Studer
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication29/01/2015
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note30 b/w illus. 10 maps 9 tables
- Weight500 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine14 mm
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