A farewell to almsA farewell to alms: a brief economic history of the world
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2007.
ISBN: 0691121354 ISBN13: 9780691121352 DDC: 330.9 LCC: HC21 Edition: (cloth : alk. paper)
Summary:"Why are some parts of the world so rich and others so poor? Why did
the Industrial Revolution - and the unprecedented economic growth
that came with it - occur in eighteenth-century England, and not at
some other time, or in some other place? Why didn't industrialization
make the whole world rich - and why did it make large parts of the
world even poorer? In A Farewell to Alms, Gregory Clark tackles these
profound questions and suggests a new and provocative way in which
culture - not exploitation, geography, or resources - explains the
wealth, and the poverty, of nations." "A sobering challenge to the
idea that poor societies can be economically developed through
outside intervention, A Farewell to Alms may change the way global
economic history is understood."--BOOK JACKET.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 383-407) and index.
1. Introduction: the sixteen-page economic history of the world --
Pt. I. The Malthusian trap: economic life to 1800 -- 2. The logic of
the Malthusian economy -- 3. Living standards -- 4. Fertility -- 5.
Life expectancy -- 6. Malthus and Darwin: survival of the richest --
7. Technological advance -- 8. Institutions and growth -- 9. The
emergence of modern man -- Pt. II. The industrial revolution -- 10.
Modern growth: the wealth of nations -- 11. The puzzle of the
industrial revolution -- 12. The industrial revolution in England --
13. Why England?: why not China, India, or Japan? -- 14. Social
consequences -- Pt. III. The great divergence -- 15. World growth
since 1800 -- 16. The proximate sources of divergence -- 17. Why
isn't the whole world developed? -- 18. Conclusion: strange new
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LCC Number: HC21
Book Details:Language: eng
Physical Description: xii, 420 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Edition Info: (cloth : alk. paper)
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