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A farewell to alms : a brief economic history of the world

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? Economic historian Clark tackles these questions and suggests a new and provocative way in which culture--not exploitation, geography, or resources--explains the wealth, and the poverty, of nations.--From publisher description
Print Book, English, 2007
Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2007
ACLS Humanities E-Book.
xii, 420 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
9780691121352, 9780691141282, 0691121354, 0691141282
Introduction : the sixteen-page economic history of the world
The logic of the Malthusian economy
Material living standards
Life expectancy
Malthus and Darwin : survival of the richest
Technological advance
Institutions and growth
The emergence of modern man
Modern growth : the wealth of nations
The puzzle of the industrial revolution
The industrial revolution in England
Why England? Why not China, Japan or India?
Social consequences
World growth since 1800
The proximate sources of divergence
Why isn't the whole world developed?
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